Kids go from needle phobia to having whale of a time

A world-first trial has found virtual reality can significantly reduce pain, distress and anxiety

An interactive underwater adventure is helping improve what can be a scary experience for children — procedures involving needles.

Dr Paul Leong and Dr Evelyn Chan
Dr Paul Leong and paediatric research fellow Dr Evelyn Chan. Photo: Monash Health

In a world-first trial, Monash Children’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne have found significant reductions in feelings of pain, distress and anxiety