- Melbourne tech start-up Phoria is working with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Melbourne Zoo to design a VR experience for kids in hospital.
- The trial is tapping into the benefits of animal-assisted therapy by delivering a virtual excursion to the zoo for 80 patients at a Melbourne hospital.
- Trent Clews-de Castella from Phoria said it was about giving kids a break from the hospital setting.
- Animal-assisted therapy is not new, but bringing animals into hospitals is impractical and risky in terms of hygiene and infection, Mr Clews-de Castella said.
- Mr Clews-de Castella hopes it will become a drug-free tool to manage pain and anxiety.
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