The Humour Foundation is a national charity established in 1997 to promote the health benefits of humour. It was the vision of Jean-Paul Bell, a performer who wanted to use his talents to give back to the community, and General Practitioner Dr Peter Spitzer. They had often talked about the ‘art of medicine.’
Clown Doctors is the core project, and children are the focus. Clown Doctor programs are established in all major children’s hospitals around Australia and some general hospitals and hospices. Clowns have also visited east Timor and Afghanistan. LaughterWorks provides speakers and workshop presenters on humour and health to the health and welfare sector. International research has demonstrated the health benefits of humour.
Clown Doctors attend to the psycho-social needs of the hospitalised child. They parody the hospital routine to help children adapt to hospital. Clown Doctors distract children during painful or frightening procedures. They dispense doses of fun and laughter