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Teddy bear check up

LEONGATHA Primary School (LPS) students were treated to a very special visit last Wednesday when Teddy Bear Hospital stopped in for a check up.

Teddy Bear Hospital is a community initiative organised by medical students with an aim to reduce young children’s ‘white coat anxiety’ often associated with visiting a doctor or hospital.

Seventeen first and fourth year Monash medical students visited the primary school during their rural clinical placements at the School of Rural Health (East & South Gippsland and Latrobe & West Gippsland).

LPS prep coordinator Ebony Best said the workshop was a great way for the students to familiarise themselves with doctors in a fun environment.

“Each child brought in their own teddy bear as a patient. The medical students helped show the kids how to make the teddies better,” Mrs Best said.

The medical students facilitated a series of interactive workshops teaching the children about basic health concepts.

The activities included students learning about x-rays, surgery, plaster casting, asthma, allergies, healthy eating and exercise.

Big bear hugs for all: Leongatha Primary School student Tanikah was all smiles with the Teddy Bear Hospital mascot.

Big bear hugs for all: Leongatha Primary School student Tanikah was all smiles with the Teddy Bear Hospital mascot.

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