Children are being encouraged to bring their favourite teddy for a check-up at Etihad Stadium on Good Friday
The Good Friday Appeal’s Kids Day Out will see some 460 medical students, biomedical students, junior doctors and nurses volunteer for “Hospital Duty”and don their hospital scrubs to carry out the mock medical check-ups.
Last year, the inaugural Teddy Bear Hospital ‘treated’ more than 2000 teddy bears and soft toys and raised over $10,000 for The Royal Children’s Hospital.
The Teddy Bear Hospital is a Royal Children’s Hospital and University of Melbourne program that aims to help familiarise children with the medical consultation process and provide health promotion in a fun and interactive manner.
The $5 cost of each mock-medical check-up with children who bring their teddy or soft toy will be donated to the Good Friday Appeal.
And if you forget your own Teddy on Good Friday, you can adopt one at the Build-A-Bear Workshop Adoption Centre, right beside the Teddy Bear Hospital.
Professor Paul Monagle from The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne says the aim of the program is to reduce the fear of medical consultations by empowering children to participate in a simulated medical consultation as the teddy’s ‘carer’.
The Teddy Bear Hospital will run from 10am-4pm at Etihad Stadium on Good Friday.
Find out more, visit: www.goodfridayappeal.com.au