A promotional documentary about The Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital in Mt Eliza. The narrator describes the philosophy of care, in which the children were given a programme of physiotherapy and occupational therapy in addition to plenty of learning and recreational time in order to help them experience as normal childhood as possible. At the end of the film prior patients are visited, indicating the success of their treatments has enabled them to grow into happy contributing adults.

Film Title: The Healing Tide
Production Date: Circa 1978 (includes earlier footage)
Filming Location: The Royal Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital; Mt Eliza, Victoria
Media: Digitised 16 mm colour film, sound
Duration: 22.23 minutes
Producer: The Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria
Directors: Dr Douglas Galbraith and Dr G. Keys Smith
Photography: Jozef Szczepanski & Adrian Daniel
Narrator: Don Kinsey
Accession Number: 2018.2444
©️ 1978 The Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria


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