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vol 7 issue 1 Apr 2013
9 NTMP Baby Congratulations to NTMP student Kelly McNamara whose daughter, Vivienne, was born while she completed second semester of first year medicine. Right: Kellys SWOTVAC with her study buddy :) Far right: A well-earned break after exams! On Tuesday the 5th of February, NT Medical Program 4th year students organised our first ever Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) at Goodstart Early Learning Childcare in Marrara, Darwin. TBH is a free community health education project for 3-7 year old children run by medical students. It aims to familiarise young children with basic health concepts, promote child health and explore visits to the doctor and hospitals in a positive, fun and friendly environment. This is achieved through role -play and interactive stations. Medical students at each station discuss one topic, and the children (and their teddy bear!) have a chance to explore the topic at their level of understanding. This will hopefully help young children loose any fears they have of doctors and the hospital environment. At the same time, it is an excellent way for the medical students to display community spirit, and develop their communication skills with young children. When NT Medical Program students Emma Hazelton, Michelle Chen, Sarah Louden, Deb Valadares, Ben Middleton and Tina Abi arrived at Goodstart, they were greeted by approximately 40 bright eyed and energetic preschool aged children. The initial plan was for groups of children to spend 10 minutes at the different stations healthy eating (making a fruit and vegetable smiley face), healthy living (exercise, playtime and naptime/bedtime), safety (calling 000 in an emergency) and visiting the doctor (with their teddy bears!). It ended up becoming somewhat of a free flowing hour of fun, where the children spent time at each station and each of the medical students did their best to talk to everyone and teach them as much as they could. The childrens favourite part was eating the fresh fruit and vegetables and running around using stethoscopes and other medical tools to diagnose their teddy bears and dolls (it was like a really loud ward round...all obs stable, afebrile). Overall, it was a fantastic day had by all. Thanks to Goodstart Early Learning Marrara for having us, thanks to Dr Sarah Chalmers for her help in organising the day, and thank you to the NTMP who provided the fruit and vegetables, colouring in pencils and print outs. We hope that this event will continue to be run by other NTMP students in the future its great for medical students, great for the children who participate, and also raises the community spirit and profile of the Medical Program in Darwin. Article by Tina Abi, Year 4 student. Teddy Bear Hospital Tina Abi 9 NT Medical Program News