TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL
AIMING TO REDUCE WHITE COAT ANXIETY IN CHILDREN
Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) is a non-profit, student-led paediatrics interest group that was established in 2009 under Monash University Medical Students’ Society (MUMUS). We aim to reduce ‘white coat anxiety’ in children by helping them foster positive relationships with healthcare professionals in their formative years.
Our team works to host over 30 primary school events annually across metropolitan and rural Victoria. These interactive incursions aim to familiarise children with the GP/hospital setting, raise awareness about the importance of healthy-living and reinforce the schools’ health education syllabus. Our enthusiastic medical student volunteers guide children and their teddies through various educational stations including Teddy X-Ray, Teddy Surgery and Teddy GP Clinic.
In 2021, TBH expanded to include student volunteers from Monash University Nursing and Allied Health to promote health literacy across all areas of healthcare.
Teddy Bear Hospital also engages in many community events, often in conjunction with Monash Children’s Hospital (MCH), such as the annual ‘Walk for MCH’ in March.