Meet Fiona Turland (Pictured right), our first Art Therapy student at Monash Children’s Hospital.
Fiona is currently studying a Masters in Art Therapy at La Trobe University, and recently completed her placement at our Children’s Cancer Centre.
Over the past nine months, Fiona has worked with our employees, patients and families at Ward 4C Reef to produce the ‘Lifelines’ collage.
The collage is comprised of 16 canvases that represent each child’s journey in hospital.
Each child traced their hands onto a canvas, then coloured the shapes with water soluble pastels.
“Human connections and life stories are considered in the title ‘Lifelines’, as well as the impact of crucial medical interventions on these life stories,” Fiona explains.
Our patients and families were excited to be a part of the project, which demonstrates how art therapy can help children express their emotions and cope with challenging circumstances.
‘Lifelines’ will be displayed on the ward where children can see their artwork and be proud of their contribution.
“Fiona’s placement has expanded our view as to how art can therapeutically help our patients and families in the care we provide on the unit”, says Amy Thomas, Head of Music, Art and Child Life Therapies.
Fiona continues to pursue her passion for art therapy and hopes to work with our patients and families again in the future.