Medical and radiography students have an opportunity to participate in the teddy bear hospitals, an initiative to alleviate a child’s fear of going to hospital.

The University of Newcastle
Department of Rural Health
Department of Rural Health

Teddy Bear Hospital

The teddy bear hospitals are very popular with preschool age children. They bring along their favourite teddy, and medical and radiography students examine the 'sick Teddies' and then deliver medical treatment such as bandaging. They also offer recommendations for the child to administer lots a cuddles, tickles, drink lots of water and eat more fruit and vegies.

The purpose is to break down some of the fear that young children have of going to hospital, while the students get a chance to practice their communication skills with preschoolers.

Generally, all of our medical and radiography students have an opportunity to particpate in these events.