Australia’s First Hospital Labyrinth
The Children's Hospital at Westmead is the first hospital in Australia to have a labyrinth. A labyrinth, having only one path, requires no decisions. Walking a labyrinth helps foster mindfulness, relaxation and refreshment.
The dedication ceremony was held on 23rd June 2012. The labyrinth is located in the children's garden at the ned of the pathway.
"Labyrinths are known to be beneficial in hospital settings and they are beginning to play an important role in healthcare," said Ms Koff.
"They can help patients overcome anxieties associated with illness and treatment and can also offer benefits to families and to staff looking to take time out to relax and regain their equilibrium.
"Children and young people understand labyrinths immediately and love walking them," she said.
The labyrinth at The Children's Hospital at Westmead was funded by a staff member, Dr Michael Stevens, along with donations and is an exact-size replica of the famous 13th century Chartres medieval labyrinth.
This document was released on Saturday, 23 June, 2012