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A message from our CEO, Paul Flynn

The Centre for Creative Health (CCH) aims to improve the quality and experience of healthcare through art and design; from living a healthy lifestyle, through to prevention, treatment, recovery and end of life care.

As a service provider, CCH aims to provide best-practice arts and design programs, projects and other creative initiatives to the patients, visitors and staff in hospitals across the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH), Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

CCH is part of The Hospital Research Foundation Group, which supports people in the community by funding vital health and medical research and improved patient care in our hospitals.

In times of crisis, we are here fighting for you and your loved ones. This week we are taking a number of steps to bring hope and help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

As South Australia’s largest health charity, it is incumbent on us to do all we can to protect the health and wellbeing of our community, with a focus on the elderly, vulnerable patient groups and importantly, our healthcare workers and emergency service personnel.

Through CCH, we have scaled back our Art Therapy and Diversional Art activities in the clinical areas of the RAH and TQEH to ensure the safety of patients, staff and the broader community. We have reduced our Music on the Concourse program but are maintaining Music Therapy and Diversional Music services at the RAH at this time as requested by clinical teams. Our Diversional Therapy service has reorganized to meet social distancing but remains open at the Mule Shed Activity Hub at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, working with the multi-disciplinary team catering for long term rehabilitation patients.

Keeping together by staying apart
Our own team is playing a role in the fight. We are closing our hubs at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and Lyell McEwin Hospital as of COB Friday 20 March. Our Woodville office remains open to the public on weekdays from 9am to 3:30pm, but we have implemented social distancing. The majority of our employees and volunteers are working from home when possible and we are embracing technology and finding new ways to stay together by keeping apart.

Offering a helping hand
Our friendly Donor Engagement team are here for our supporters launching a ‘check in’ phone call program. They are reaching out to our elderly and vulnerable donors to find ways to support them in times of need, giving them hope at a time they need it most. If you would like to speak to someone in our team, please call (08) 8244 1100.

Join the fight
We will continue to fight COVID-19 and your ongoing support means that we can do more to help. Keep an eye out on our social media channels and website for ways you can join the fight. In times of crisis, we are stronger together.