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Teddy Bears Hospital


Teddy Bear Hospital Program 

Being run on Tuesday 15 September.

James Cook University Medical Students

The Teddy Bear Hospital is a kids-friendly mobile clinic that visits Queensland primary schools and involves groups of medical student volunteers playing ‘doctors’ for the children’s own teddy bears to promote key health messages and foster positive relationships with health professionals at an early age. It is a fun, interactive and educational initiative that raises awareness in children about the importance of healthy eating, dental hygiene, regular exercise and sun safety.

Our aims:

To raise awareness in Prep school-aged children about the importance of good nutrition, dental hygiene, regular exercise and sun safety;

*    To reinforce the classroom health syllabus and provide information, support and resources to teachers on the above;

*    To reduce the incidence of preventable diseases including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and skin cancer; and

To break down barriers between young children and healthcare professionals and foster positive relationships at an early age.

What is Involved?

*    A group of 8-10  medical student volunteers travel to your primary school to run a Teddy Bear Hospital session for children in prep and/or grade one (all volunteers hold a current Blue Card)

Children are invited to bring their teddy bears along to the session.

During the session children rotate through four stations:

Healthy Eating & Dental Hygiene

Exercise is Fun

Sun Safety

*  Visiting the Doctor

*    At each station the medical students act as “doctors” for the children’s “sick” teddy bears, utilizing fun and interactive material to teach the children how to keep themselves and their teddy bears healthy

Each station runs for 15 minutes, so a Teddy Bear Hospital visit lasts about an hour.

*  At the end of the visit all children are awarded an official certificate of participation and teachers are provided with resources to reinforce the classroom health syllabus.