Coastal Caring Clowns, a volunteer organization inspired by the work of American Doctor Patch Adams has brought a smile on the faces to those in care on the Sunshine Coast since 2001.
Coastal Caring Clowns, a volunteer organization inspired by the work of American Doctor Patch Adams has brought a smile on the faces to those in care on the Sunshine Coast since 2001.

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A LITTLE humour goes a long way, and if you want to help prove that laughter is the best medicine then sign up to become a Clown Doctor.

The Humour Foundation is holding auditions for clowns to become performers on the Sunshine Coast Clown Doctor team.

Local program co-ordinator Cristy Welsh said Clown Doctors treated children with a unique blend of laughter medicine featuring jokes, silly dances and goofy songs.

"Every Clown Doctor is selected for their high level of performing skills and their personal qualities such as being sensitive and caring," she said.

"They undergo months of intense training so they can help children enter the world of play and imagination despite many of them often being in hospital for long periods of time."

Ms Welsh said to become a Clown Doctor you need to be a highly skilled and highly sensitive performer willing to make the child the star of the show.

The clowns work in pairs in a range of hospital environments from intensive care to treatment rooms and outpatients rooms.

Ms Welsh said the clowns needed to be excellent improvisers and good listeners.

Two very funny clowns, Dr O'Dear and Dr Wobble started their first round of "treatment" on the Coast on Wednesday.

 

Courtney West, 7 and Llyam O'Callaghan, 6 at Nambour General Hospital enjoying the antics of Dr O'Dear and Dr Jolly.
Courtney West, 7 and Llyam O'Callaghan, 6 at Nambour General Hospital enjoying the antics of Dr O'Dear and Dr Jolly. John McCutcheon

It was the first day of Clown Rounds for the Wishlist-sponsored Clown Doctor service on the Sunshine Coast, which treats young patients with doses of humour.

"This is a very special day, so the team in the Paediatric Unit have organised a circus-themed Ward Party to mark the occasion," Wishlist chief executive Lisa Rowe said.

"We have been working towards this point for several months and are proud to introduce the kids to Dr O'Dear and Dr Wobble today."

With the help of the generous Sunshine Coast community, Wishlist committed to funding two years of the service to bring laughter, smiles and bouts of silliness to children spending time in Nambour Hospital, and the soon-to-open Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

"Fundraising for this program has been a huge effort on the part of local businesses and the community," Ms Rowe added.

"Through the recent Wishlist Spring Carnival, a portion of funds from the 2016 House the Coast Built, and the Woolworths Wall Token appeal, we have been able to appoint two Clown Doctors from The Humour Foundation to brighten the days of youngsters for one day a week initially before ramping up to two days a week next year.

"The Clown Doctors do wonderful work to divert children's attention during painful procedures, calm them in emergency and encourage them in physiotherapy.

"The benefits of laughter are real - it relaxes the muscles, helps the immune system, reduces pain, helps promote a positive outlook and has a good effect on the cardiovascular and respiratory system."

"You can never underestimate the power of a good laugh."

If you think you have what it takes to become a Clown Doctor, auditions will held on Monday, December 19 from 1-4pm, or 6-9pm.

They will also be held on Tuesday, December 20 from 9.30am-12.30pm.

To be invited to audition residents must fill in a registration form by December, 16.

To register your interest and find out more details of where the auditions will be held, email jo.cohen@humourfoundation.org.au.


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