The healing power of play for Rohingya refugees

New research from Monash University has shown how simple activities such as play time and art therapy can significantly improve the mental health and wellbeing of Rohingya women and children in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh.

The Humanitarian Play Lab found that the multi-faceted psychosocial education program significantly improved the mental well-being of mothers who had significant trauma and depression. Their children were also registered significant reductions in trauma and depression, and there were reductions in stunting, being underweight and wasting among children. Read the full story here.


About Monash University

Monash University is Australia’s largest university with more than 80,000 students. In the 60 years since its foundation, it has developed a reputation for world-leading high-impact research, quality teaching, and inspiring innovation.

With four campuses in Australia and a presence in Malaysia, China, India, Indonesia and Italy, it is one of the most internationalized Australian universities.

As a leading international medical research hospital in Australia and integrated with leading Australian teaching hospitals, we consistently rank in the top 50 universities worldwide for clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences.

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