TARGET: Young people aged 8 to 16 years with a burn injury
FUNDING SOURCE: Children’s Hospital Foundation
PARTNER SINCE: 2008
Young people who experience a burn injury often need to adjust to living with an altered physical appearance and present with an invisible and altered psychological perspective. Young people with burns are at an increased risk of negative life trajectories during adolescence affecting their psychological well-being, engagement in education and career and/or civic or social contributions.
Camp Oz was launched through the Burns Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane in November 1987. It was the first of its kind for an Australian paediatric Burns Unit. Since 2008, PCYC Bornhoffen has worked in close partnership with clinical and allied health staff from the Children’s Health Queensland Burns Centre at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to plan and deliver Camp Oz.
Camp Oz utilises a 3-day outdoor adventure intervention approach to build life effectiveness capabilities, increase positive mental health and improve behavioural functioning of children aged 8 to 16 years. The program is currently delivered each year alternating between PCYC Bornhoffen and North Stradbroke Island to provide two contrasting but complimentary experiences.