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- Neil Melbourne on The alleged Stephen Milne rape case ... Well done Mr. Fontana, looks like some integrity is slowly creeping back into the Vic Police force. Let's have this before ... more
- Steve on The Save My Seat campaign Don't speed no need to worry about revenue raising from speed cameras then>! more
- Frank Collins on The alleged Stephen Milne rape case ... "But I will say, this young woman on my impressions is a strong and decent woman."On the basis of what? A few conversations? ... more
- Frank Collins on What sentence will Adrian Ernest Bayley ... All a sentence of 35 years before bail means is that it will 35 years before Bayley rapes and kills again. Only next time, ... more
- Solomons' Sword on Nigella Lawson is the victim in this Why the fierce resentment that Nigella will not listen to the clamour and step up and be the token frontline female for ... more
- Greg on Seven reasons why Mark Neeld failed I follow Sydney/Sth Melb and we never won a flag from 1933 to 2005,Geelong 1963 to 20007,Bulldogs last flag 1954, Melbourne ... more
- mark on What sentence will Adrian Ernest Bayley ... well with the way our justice system is these days it wouldnt surprise me if he got less then 20 yrs more
- Oonagh on What sentence will Adrian Ernest Bayley ... Bayley should be given 'life' no parole. Justice Nettle will hopefully hand down same sentence as he did with John Leslie ... more
- Julie on What sentence will Adrian Ernest Bayley ... Life with no possibility of parole......I hope......but knowing our justice system this will not happen. more
- Commerce American Style on Forget politics: It's a day for ... First they send American multinational companies to crush the small to medium Australian companies. That reduces competition ... more
- Jim on What sentence will Adrian Ernest Bayley ... Life! and the parole board should spend some time there with him also. more
- Mark on What sentence will Adrian Ernest Bayley ... He should be executed. more
- John on The Save My Seat campaign Cmon Gazza, can't you just see that a coppa is trying to do something positive here. There's always someone to drag it back ... more
- Karl Michal's on Dee Dee denies 'victim blaming' after ... ...or it just proves my point? more
- Barney on Seven reasons why Mark Neeld failed maybe melbourne need an old experienced head like Barrassi or Robbie Flower as head of coaching to put them back on track. more
- frank on The Save My Seat campaign IN ENGLAND [UK] THERE IS A SLOW LANE . I think the roads could better hear in Australia and propely policed. more
- Chris on Dee Dee denies 'victim blaming' after ... Really?? You spoke without engaging the brain. Nobody really knows what went on, but given she was the victim you are just ... more
- MKelly on Leunig's Tony Abbott cartoon: Has he ... Michael Leunig is a genius. He offers a moment of pleasure, an opportunity to be thoughtful and an escape from the decidedly ... more
- Sinbad on Is this the worst-ever answer in a ... Or she could be your blog writer Matt, she has all the necessary skills, unintelligent, inarticulate, repetitive, boring and ... more
- Gazza on Is this the worst-ever answer in a ... Who cares what she says or sounds like.when she looks like that it doesn't matter...... 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: