Camp Quality Kids’ Guide to Cancer App helps Australian families and their friends impacted by childhood cancer. Often, the weekly blood tests, ongoing chemotherapy and other treatments mean that a lot of time and attention are required from the parents, something of which siblings struggle to understand.
The Camp Quality Kids’ Guide to Cancer App is free and provides cancer education space for people like this. Developed by technology company Fujitsu, the app is a free, interactive educational program that answers the most common questions children have regarding cancer.
The app features augmented reality, voiceover storytelling, selectable avatars and animated stories for children to interact with. It also connects users with other Camp Quality support services, including phone counselling and digital puppet playdates. See how the app works here.
The new, augmented reality-based app features expert content from Camp Quality and health professionals to provide children and their families with vital cancer education tools.
The Moore and Crotty family know how difficult it can be to find cancer education for young children, after 4-year-old Isla was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia last year. They trialled the free app and said that it fills a void in cancer education as it engages with children in a way that helps them understand the illness.
Camp Quality CEO Deborah Thomas explains that the Kids’ Guide to Cancer app brings cancer education to children when they need it most.
“At Camp Quality we support children at every stage of the cancer journey, whether they are facing their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a parent, carer, sibling or loved one. Cancer is scary and confusing for children and very difficult for parents to explain. That’s where the Kids’ Guide to Cancer app steps in. It’s accessible for kids online, wherever and whenever they need it, with age-appropriate, engaging cancer education that empowers them and helps alleviate their fears. It also acts like a story book for children that enables parents to start a conversation about cancer and how it is affecting their family and how they can help.
We are very grateful to our innovation partner Fujitsu for helping us bring this app to life with selectable avatars and augmented reality, alongside video stories, and audio and text information about cancer, hospitals, medicines, treatments, and people who help. This wonderfully immersive experience transforms the way children learn about cancer and is a valuable resource for children, parents, teachers and health professionals.”
Nicole Forrester, Head of Office of Purpose, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said they pride themselves on ‘supporting families and kids across Australia which is why the developed the app for Camp Quality.
Camp Quality mum, Pamela Moore says it can be hard to find age-appropriate cancer education for young children. Pamela’s 4-year-old daughter Isla is currently finishing an intense round of chemotherapy and her brother Connor, 5, struggles to understand what is going on.
“Kids learn better through apps due to the interactive nature of the platform,’ she explains. “The Kids’ Guide to Cancer app is a great resource for the whole family. My kids loved how they could choose their own avatar and take themselves through the journey. It is so much more engaging than a picture book and is an incredible resource for all kids to build empathy. I hope it can be widely adopted because cancer is something that all kids should know about as it touches so many.”
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About Camp Quality: Camp Quality gives kids facing cancer the chance to be kids again. Our free services and programs are created specifically to support children aged up to 15 years, who are dealing with their own cancer diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum, dad or carer. Camp Quality provides kids, their siblings and parents, with fun experiences, education, specialised cancer care, counselling and a supportive community; in-hospital, online, at school and away from it all on camps and at our retreats. Camp Quality raises funds to ensure the 8,900 kids facing cancer, who are registered for our services and programs, have the chance to just be kids again and create positive memories that change their cancer story.
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