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- Gazza on Australia in for 'long haul' against ... The yanks spend billions on the biggest and baddest weapons,time to use them all,now. more
- Steve on Australia in for 'long haul' against ... One of your most most stupid statements so far mylyene! more
- Jane on Lambie: 'Strip Sharia supporters of ... Well this is one thing i agree with. Tired of tip-toeing on this issue. There are not hundreds of Muslims that support ... more
- Linda on Australia in for 'long haul' against ... Christine Milne is as big a threat to our national security as groups like ISIS. Even the tiniest chink in our political ... more
- GIW on Australia in for 'long haul' against ... Yes Mylene, that is the aim of Islam to take over the world. As a caller on the Sunday Morning show yesterdays said, there ... more
- mylene on Australia in for 'long haul' against ... Don't worry in a couple of years we'll be trading with ISIS and the Taliban and anyone who mentions the war will be shouted ... more
- Jeff on 'Players leave': Gillon gives it ... As parents of young kids i cannot believe Essendon has put James Hird back in as coach, Hird should have nothing to do with ... more
- Stephen on 'Players leave': Gillon gives it ... Doesn't know a lot really does he! Including if the Bombers took anything illeagal!AFL Another Fool Leader. more
- Diane on 'Players leave': Gillon gives it ... How silly to have a coaches meeting when there are finals on and other coaches are having their reviews. more
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- Mel on Horrified children find pet dogs mauled ... Our neighbours also have a fox terrier & it's one of the most aggressive & unsocialised dogs I have seen! Has prevented us ... more
- Wayne on Horrified children find pet dogs mauled ... to wendy who wrote "Perhaps the dogs that did the killings were Miniature Pit Bulls rather than Fox Terriers? Surely this ... more
- Sam Maglitto on Horrified children find pet dogs mauled ... I heard this report on the radio this afternoon and being a Dog Lover I was horrified to think there are other owners who ... more
- wendy on Horrified children find pet dogs mauled ... Perhaps the dogs that did the killings were Miniature Pit Bulls rather than Fox Terriers? Surely this would get peoples ... more
- Stephanie on Horrified children find pet dogs mauled ... Such a tragedy for all involved. more
- Robert on 'PM's popularity between asbestos and ... But when he opposes public transport, his ratings suffer. His being so good at opposing things, particularly public ... more
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- David R on Council backs down over fees Typical heartless unthinking council bureaucrats. And its not the Councillors its the people manning the front desk or the ... more
- mike on Labor's tough new stance against 'evil' So trafficking drugs away from a school is less illegal?And why drug busses? Target pubs/clubs! I hear more and more people ... more
Clown doctor hopes government cash injection can make being silly serious business
A clown doctor hopes new research could lead to an injection of government funding to help make being silly serious business.
Speaking with Neil Mitchell, Dr Peter Spitzer, Co-Founder and Medical Director of The Humour Foundation said the research showed the difference ‘court jesters’ can make in a serious situation.
The ‘only doctor silly enough’ to also work as a clown is among over 50 professional performers trained to work in critical care in 21 hospitals around Australia.
Dr Spitzer said patients exposed to clown doctors enjoyed a range of medical benefits, including reduced anxiety, an increase in endorphins, a decrease in stress hormones, and improvements to the immune system and respiratory tract.
Dr Spitzer said the foundation relied on private funding, and are only able to be in major hospitals three days a week, 50 weeks a year. He hoped they could increase clowns’ presence in hospitals to five to seven days every week.
He said the research presented at a children’s healthcare conference yesterday, which showed physical and physiological improvements experienced by young patients exposed to clown doctors, showed more research was needed.
LISTEN: Co-Founder and Medical Director of The Humour Foundation Dr Peter Spitzer speaks with Neil Mitchell: