The Good Friday Appeal will open its doors to the biggest ever Teddy Bear Hospital at Etihad Stadium this Easter – the home of the Kids Big Day Out.
Children from across Victoria are being encouraged to bring their teddies or soft toys to Etihad Stadium on Good Friday for a medical check-up – all for a good cause.
More than 700 medical students, biomedical students, junior Doctors and nurses have volunteered for “Hospital Duty” on the day at the Teddy Bear Hospital, as part of the Kids Big Day Out activities,
The Teddy Bear Hospital is a Royal Children’s Hospital and Melbourne University 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.
This event hopes to see 3000 children and their teddies on the day and in order to cater for the massive demand some 700 medical students, bio-medical students and junior doctors and nurses have volunteered to take part.
Our medical volunteers will role-play as Teddy Bear Doctors and interact with the children, taking them through the entire process of a medical consultation.
Teddy Bear Hospital Director, Professor Paul Monagle from the Paediatrics Research Unit at 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’.
“This is a rare opportunity, enabling medical students to apply their knowledge in a more practical setting, as well as the invaluable experience of working alongside the doctors and healthcare professionals of The Royal Children’s Hospital,” says Professor Monagle.
The Teddy Bear Hospital will bring a new and fun element to all the wonderful fundraising activities at the Kids Big Day Out,” says Appeal Director, Christine Unsworth.
“We are very grateful to Professor Monagle and all the trainee and junior doctors and nurses who have volunteered to be part of the event.”
Families will be able to visit the Teddy Bear Hospital via Gate 6 on the Concourse at Etihad Stadium between 10.00 am and 4.0pm. Booking times will be taken so that children can continue to enjoy the Kids Big Day Out activities and to ensure that as many appointments as possible can be taken.
The entrance to the Hospital will feature a 1926 French ambulance once used by the NSW Ambulance Service.