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Colouring is not just for kids

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Peninsula Health diversional therapist Gail Russo and Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula author and counsellor Rose Farfalla, with patients using the colouring books at The Mornington Centre.

A quintessential kid’s activity is being used as an innovative therapy for patients with dementia and those recovering from strokes.

“Colouring is proving very successful in calming a lot of patients,” says Peninsula Health Diversional Therapist Gail Russo.

“Colouring-in is the only way to calm a dementia patient at The Mornington Centre who used to cry all day long,” adds Gail.

“We sit and colour-in together and it calms her a lot – she just gets lost in the colouring.”

Peninsula Health recently welcomed a donation of 250 colouring books from Rye stress and relationship counsellor Rose Farfalla. Rose’s books are sponsored by Sorrento Trattoria, Hire for Baby, Peninsula Gardening & Property Care, Vulcano Rye and Equity One Mortgages.

“The idea is to help our local community colour their way to calmness and reduce stress,” says Rose.

Rose’s creation ‘Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula’ is a colouring book full of illustrations relating to local places, animals and landscapes.

“My background is in clinical counselling and a lot of my clients aren’t able to do much physical activity,” says Rose. “That gave me the idea to create the colouring book about the place I spent much of my childhood, and where I recently moved with my family.”

Gail says the books are a great resource, which will make a difference for many patients at The Mornington Centre and other Peninsula Health sites.


Jessica Mills


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