Finding comfort in the quilt – how art therapy is connecting our wards

There is no doubt that healthcare workers are under more pressure during COVID-19. While it is normal to experience increased levels of stress and anxiety, sometimes we need to think creatively to ensure we maintain our health and wellbeing. To help with this, our Art Therapy team at Monash Children’s Hospital has rolled out the ‘Comfort Quilt’ project.  

Developed by Sarah Wood and Victoria Heywood-Smith, Master of Art Therapy students from LaTrobe University, the project aims to facilitate and support the mental health of Monash Health employees. Through this project, the team wants to form connections between employees and allow them to share their experience of comfort. 

The project asks individuals to create an image on a small patch of coloured paper that reflects what they find comforting during this time. In return, they will receive an image from the team which responds to their artwork, creating an art-based collaboration.  

So far, the project has been sent to the Allied Health team and Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service team at Monash Children’s Hospital and it continues to grow! Check out the progress of the comfort quilt below. If you are onsite, you can see the quilt opposite the Monash Children’s Hospital Therapies Clinic reception. 

For more information about this project and if you’re inspired and want to get involved, you can contact Pam Hellema, Senior Art Therapist. 


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