Wishlist commits to another year of humour as medicine.

31 Mar 2024

A little humour goes a long way in treating sick children on the Sunshine Coast.

Over the years the Clown Doctor service has become well known amongst the Sunshine Coast community for its healing powers on patients and their families.

The clown doctor service is spearheaded by the Humour Foundation and has been entirely funded by Wishlist since 2016. The program brings a little bit of magic to patients being treated in the Children’s Ward, Paediatric Outpatients Department and Department of Emergency.

“We all know a little humour can go a long way, and seeing a child’s face light up when they see the Clown Doctors is a priceless moment. You can never underestimate the power of a good laugh.” Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said.

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


Thanks to the unwavering support of the Sunshine Coast community and 92.7 MIX FM's Give Me 5 appeal, Wishlist has committed to funding another year of this vital service, ensuring that three days a week will continue to be filled with laughter, smiles, and moments of joy for children in the Children’s Ward.


“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,” Ms Rowe added.


Continuing its commitment to the health service, Wishlist has extended the program's funding until 2025, with an investment of $209,800 annually. However, the longevity of the Clown Doctor service hinges on ongoing fundraising efforts and donations from compassionate individuals in the Sunshine Coast community.

If you would like to donate to the Clown Doctors program on the Sunshine Coast – visit www.wishlist.org.au and click the ‘Donate’ tab.

Fast facts :

  • Since late 2016 totally funds the clown doctor visits to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, meeting the psychosocial needs of children and improving the wellbeing of children, families and staff and making the Sunshine Coast University Hospital the 24th hospital in Australia to provide Clown Doctors.
  • The humour foundations clown doctors are medical clowns; highly trained, professional performers who spread ‘doses’ of fun and laughter throughout the hospital, working to uplift and empower sick kids.
  • The clown doctors program costs $209,800 annually

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