A special Teddy Bear Hospital was set up for Yarrawonga P-12 primary school students last Friday.
Representatives from Yarrawonga Health Community Health Centre, the M2M Intern Program, Ambulance Victoria and University of Melbourne Extended Rural Cohort (ERC) program, visited 66 Yarrawonga College P-4 Prep children for the Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) event.
The main aim of the TBH program is to familiarise children with the healthcare environment by participating in a fun and interactive visit to a mock hospital for sick teddies.
Children bring their ‘sick’ teddy bears or soft toys to the hospital, and role-play as their teddy’s parents or guardians.
Prep Co-Ordinator Tracie Holgate welcomed the school’s third annual TBH event and described the visit as “unique”.
“The special program went all morning,” she told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “The purpose of the Teddy Bear Hospital is to dissolve kids’ anxiety when they visit the doctor.
“It really does work. Kids say to me ‘I took Teddy to the doctor and it was good’.”
Teddy Bear health professionals taught the children about a variety of basic health related topics such as basic anatomy, healthy lifestyle, medical treatment and equipment.
The 66 Preps enjoyed meeting ‘Teddy Bear Doctors’, ‘Teddy Bear Paramedics’, ‘Teddy Bear Nurses’, ‘Teddy Bear Dentists’ and other ‘Teddy Bear’ health professionals including staff from the Yarrawonga Health Community Health Centre, medical students in the ERC Program at Yarrawonga, and Corowa, medical interns from the M2M Program at Yarrawonga and some of our local paramedics,
“Students received a positive and fun learning experience from all the health professionals,” Tracie concluded.