The Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) is an international project, whose aim is to reduce childhood anxiety about medical environments, procedures and professionals.
The Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) is an international project, whose aim is to reduce childhood anxiety about medical environments, procedures and professionals. The TBH exists at 21 Medical Schools in the UK and at 8 Medical Schools in Australia, including The University of Melbourne.
The Teddy Bear Hospital provides an opportunity for children to bring in their beloved teddy soft toy for a mock consultation with Medical Students acting as Teddy Doctors. Together they can discuss, examine and perform further diagnostics to determine the teddy bears problem and perform the necessary medical treatment. Often teddy bears present with an injured arm or leg though sometimes more challenging problems such as “hiccups of the knee” arises. Children learn the process of a medical consultation without the pressure of being a patient, which creates a positive interaction between the child and the “Teddy Bear Doctor”. The children can also visit numerous activity stations that are available including ‘Anatomy stations, Physiotherapy, Intensive Care Unit, Dentistry, Radiology, Healthy eating and Nutrition in order to educate and promote healthy behaviours.
The core aim of the Teddy Bear Hospital is to familiarise children with health care environments and medical treatments in a fun, educational and interactive way, while playing a pivotal role for future young doctors in developing the unique communication skills which are required to interact and engage successfully with children.
The University of Melbourne Teddy Bear Hospital @RCH
Informal drop-in sessions to the Teddy Bear Hospital weekly sessions held at The Royal Children’s Hospital Main Street
The University of Melbourne Teddy Bear Hospital @GFA
Teddy Bear Hospital events at the Good Friday Appeal.
The Teddy Bear Hospital will run from 10:00am-4:00pm on Good Friday 3rd of April 2015. The $5 cost for entry to the will be donated to the Good Friday Appeal.
Teddy Bear Hospital @ School
Teddy Bear Hospital Medical students visit schools and community groups externally. Pre-arranged visit day & time.
The University of Melbourne Teddy Bear Hospital @ RCH
The Teddy Bear Hospital is a unique element of The University of Melbourne’s medical student training program. This program provides opportunities for students at RCH to interact with children in an informal setting, helping them to develop the communication skills necessary to engage and interact with children of different ages.
During their visit, children are able to play the role of parent for a soft toy visiting a “Teddy Doctor”, participate in a session to learn how the body works or visit a sick teddy in hospital.
Children are encouraged to bring along their own favourite soft toy, though we also have a number of bears that can be temporarily “adopted” for a visit to the Teddy Bear Hospital.
There is no charge to visit the Teddy Bear Hospital@RCH.
Look for us in Main Street at advertised dates and times.
The Teddy Bear Hospital program is run under the supervision of the University of Melbourne and with the support of the Royal Children's Hospital. Any questions or comments should be directed to the Teddy Bear Hospital Co-ordinator, Melbourne Children’s Academic Centre, Royal Children's Hospital at
The University of Melbourne Teddy Bear Hospital @GFA
Since 2012, with the support of the Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne’s Teddy Bear Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal come together to stage an exciting and educational Teddy Bear Hospital event at the Kids Day Out to raise funds for sick kids.
Thousands of children and their families come along to enjoy the various educational activities, including the opportunity to bring along their favourite teddy or soft toy for a mock-medical check-up, to visit Teddy ICU, Teddy Surgery, X-Rays and Physiotherapy, to learn about anatomy, dental hygiene and staying healthy plus other exciting entertainment activities involving artists and toddler mosh pits. These activities create a positive association to the hospital as a non threatening environment for the children, meanwhile, the 500 volunteer nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry and biomedical students, gain the opportunity to interact with children of different ages to improve their communication skills, patience and creativity in dealing with them.
This year’s event was recognized/supported/attended by The Premier, The Hon. Dr Denise Napthine, Mr Peter Yates, Chairman of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and Ms Penny Fowler, the Chair of the Herald & Weekly Times, along with various media representatives and personalities who visited the hospital, all declaring it a great success. The Premier was particularly pleased to note that the hospital waiting lists were well within target!
In total the student’s efforts raised just over $16,000 for the appeal, with $13,500 raised on the day, and another $2,500 raised by the student organising committee which had participated in the Run for the Kids in the weeks prior.
Professor Paul Monagle, from the University’s Department of Paediatrics said “I am always impressed by the dedication, creativity and enthusiasm of our students, and today they were excellent ambassadors for the University. At the end of the day every child came away with a smile on their face having had a fantastic experience. We are hoping that next year’s Teddy Bear Hospital is even bigger and better, and we are hoping to expand the involvement of students and staff from across the University community.”
The Teddy Bear Hospital will run from 10:00am-4:00pm on Good Friday 3rd of April 2015. The $5 cost for entry to the will be donated to the Good Friday Appeal. Find out more at
The University of Melbourne Teddy Bear Hospital @ SCHOOL
Did you know that the Teddy Bear Hospital goes to school?
As a sister program to the Teddy Bear Hospital at RCH, the Teddy Bear Hospital @ School is a student lead initiative which operates through the year. Under this program volunteer medical students work with primary schools and kindergartens across the state to stage Teddy Bear Hospitals. The Teddy Bear Hospital has also travelled to numerous local community events to encourage and educate young children.
If you would like to learn more and maybe have the Teddy Bear Hospital come to your school or community event please visit the website www.teddybearhospitalmelb.com.au