Community

Teddy Bear Hospital

The Teddy Bear Hospital is a major initiative of the Ashintosh Foundation, which meets one of our primary aims: improving the health of the community. It is a free interactive program run by Medical Students that travels to primary schools. The students use 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.

The program has also been so successful that it has inspired a range of offshoot programs across the state.

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 UQ 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.

Interested in arranging a free Teddy Bear Hospital visit at your primary school? Simply e-mail tbh.internal@ashintosh.org and we can arrange a visit for Big Ted and his army of Teddy Doctors. Or visit the Ashintosh Website for more information and information about other great initiatives of the foundation.

Are you a medical student with a family? Then come along to the Teddy Bear Picnic, a quiet Saturday morning picnic in the park with Big Ted. Stay tuned for more details, or contact community@uqms.org.