Did you know we have four amazing Art Therapists as part of our Group, who work with hospice and community patients in palliative care and their families?
Across Modbury Hospital (NAPS), The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (CAPCS) and Flinders Medical Centre (SAPS), our dedicated team from the Centre for Creative Health supports and empowers patients and their families to make sense of their situation and share meaningful time together through creative activities.
For example, CCH Art Therapists Abbi Sulda and Jackie Reineke are working with SAPS patients, families, staff and volunteers to create three butterfly installations for sites at Flinders Medical Centre.
Designed as an opportunity to reflect and reconnect, Abbi is asking people at SAPS to decorate or make a butterfly to contribute to the installations.
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“The aim of the project is to create beautiful, large-scale installations from people’s decorated butterflies, which will represent inclusivity and really change the space and brighten the hallways,” Abbi said.
People choose their own way of decorating their butterflies, including colouring in, painting, decorating with stickers, pearl and also paint. The butterfly project is more than decorating butterflies; Abbi said she usually asks hospice staff what gives them wings in their roles and what keeps them going during challenging times.
“Getting people to reflect when they’re creating their butterflies is a soft and therapeutic way of helping them switch off during difficult times on the job.”
We can’t wait to see the installations in Laurel Hospice, the Community Flats and the Rehabilitation, Aged and Palliative Care building. Our thanks and enormous gratitude to all the hard-working staff and volunteers in palliative care spaces.