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Teddy Bear Hospital is an exciting program that takes student volunteers to primary schools, to run a mock hospital for kindy and pre-primary aged children. The program has been running since 2008 with the involvement of medical students and undergraduate students with an interest in health care.
The program holds three main aims:
- To help alleviate young children’s anxiety toward doctors and the healthcare setting.
- To promote healthy lifestyle messages such as SunSmart behaviour, healthy eating and hand-hygiene.
- To enhance student volunteers’ communication and interaction with young children.
These are achieved through role-play, whereby a visit to the doctor is simulated; a child brings their sick teddy to the volunteer who plays the role of the teddy doctor. This fun, relaxed and interactive environment familiarises children with the process of ‘going to the doctor’ and the teddy acts as a surrogate for the child to communicate through. The visits endeavour to promote healthy messages to the children through the use of activities and games, such as the importance of washing hands, eating healthy food and being active.
Over the years we have had hundreds of UWA students involved, visiting many schools across the wider Perth area and in rural WA! In 2018, TBH has continued to build on previous years, with a record number of school visits in the first semester and plans for a rural trip later in the year. TBH will ensure an exciting and rewarding experience for all involved!
What you need to be a Teddy Doctor:
- A Working With Children’s Check
- Criminal Record Screening Card
- Training Day Attendance
- To be a UWA student (medical student OR undergraduate students welcome!)
- Energy & Enthusiasm!