Supporting the Clown Doctors
Laughter is the best medicine
Since 2018, ESV has partnered with the Clown Doctors to help spread our BBQ safety message to families
The $50,000 annual sponsorship to the Humour Foundation funds two Clown Doctors to attend the burns clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne for 50 weeks throughout the year.
The launch of the partnership at the RCH on 13 December 2017 was held in conjunction with the launch of our Know the dril before you grill (BBQ safety) summer campaign.
The Humour Foundation is a national charity that supports sick children and their families by making them laugh – delivering ‘doses’ of fun and laughter. The Clown Doctors visit several hospitals across Melbourne, including the Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Children’s Hospital, the Northern Hospital and Geelong Hospital, and many interstate. It is dedicated to promoting and delivering the health benefits of humour via its Clown Doctors. Their work is based (indirectly) on the work of Patch Adams.
International research has found laughter to have both physical and psychological benefits for children undergoing medical treatment. Its benefits are endorsed by medical professionals, including Dr Mike O’Brien, Head of Surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and a Clown Doctor ambassador.
Treatment for burns is amongst the most painful and requires a dedicated Clown Doctor presence. The Clown Doctors receive specific training in dealing with distressed children and their families.
While burns and energy safety have an obvious connection, the partnership is also meaningful to ESV staff, many of whom are parents who have attended the hospital with their own children for various reasons.
Helping ESV spread energy safety messages
At the launch Victoria’s Director of Energy Safety, Paul Fearon said the partnership with the Clown Doctors would be key to ESV’s summer barbecue safety campaign Look Before You Cook.
“We want to see kids enjoying the summer, not laid up in hospital particularly as a result of preventable accidents such as a barbecue fire,” he said.
According to ESV statistics there were as many as one barbecue fire a day during the summer months. 40 per cent of barbecue fires throughout the year are caused by gas leaks.
ESV plan to use the Clown Doctors to help promote other community safety campaigns, such as PowerSafe Buddies, an educational program for kids.
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