Art therapy is defined by the Creative Arts Therapies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia as “the idea that creativity enhances the well-being of all people and is a natural aspect of all cultures and human experience…” Art Therapy utilises a variety of art modalities within a therapeutic relationship for emotional wellbeing and mental health. It incorporates non-verbal self-exploration, expression and communication. It provides patients with an opportunity to recognise and externalise fears, gain personal insights, reduce trauma of the hospital experience and may aid recovery.
Adapted from Association for Arts Therapy in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore (ANZATA) and Australian Creative Arts Therapy Association. (ACATA)
Using a variety of art therapy methods, our team of qualified art therapists creatively address the psychological, emotional, spiritual and social needs of patients and their families. Art Therapy may assist children and young people who may:
Some of the techniques used may include:
Monash Children’s Hospital Acute Art Therapy Service only accepts referrals from within Monash Health.
Internal inpatient referrals can be made directly to Art Therapy from Monash Health medical and Allied Health staff via EMR.