Clown Doctors
and Mental Health Support  

Clown Doctors and Mental Health Support  

In New South Wales, targeted funding for mental health enabled us to focus on this growing area of need at The Sydney Children’s Hospital. Hospitalisations for mental health conditions has been steadily increasing over the past decade and we are proud to be at the forefront of seeking how medical clowning can help.  

Collaborative research from our work at Stepping Stones, an inpatient mental health unit in Victoria, revealed 96% of clinical staff thought Clown Doctors were beneficial to young people in mental health wards; and that adolescents reported heightened levels of fun, mood and feeling following a visit. The Clown Doctors also visit the mental health ward at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.