They say laughter is the best medicine, but can ‘medical clowning’ actually advance clinical treatments, improve the well-being of child patients and ease the strain on parents and medical staff?
Launched as an innovative new programme in 2002, the Dream Doctors Project was born when three clowns joined the staff of the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem. Today, the foundation works with over 29 hospitals across Israel offering clowning therapy to over 200,000 patients in paediatric wards, emergency rooms, operating theatres and rehabilitation hospitals.
Join The Dream Doctors Project Programme Director Herzel Ziyoni and Head Clown Dush as they draw on their experiences with the foundation to show how medical clowning can assist with medical procedures and why it should be an officially recognised paramedic profession.
Herzel and Dush will explore:
- The Dream Doctors journey from idea to implementation including the cultural challenges and administrative hurdles the foundation overcame
- How medical clowning can be integrated with medical procedures and why they play an essential role in the medical team
- A summary of the scientific studies that prove that the presence of a medical clown helps reduce the anxiety of patients and their families, lessen pain and alleviate depression
- The steps being taken in Israel to provide academic training for Medical Clowns to standardise the quality of patient care
- How the Dream Doctors project can help care providers and their patients in Australia.
This informal session will provide an open forum for questions and discussion with the speakers and other attendees.