The Idea


Hospitals and Medical centres can cause a lot of anxiety for children. They are an unfamiliar environment with large frightening buildings, strange equipment and scary people. This can often be overwhelming for kids, particularly when they are sick.

The events are part of a global project run by the International Federation of Medical Students Association’s (IFMSA). The Teddy Bear Hospital is a New Zealand Medical Students’ Assocation (NZMSA) initiative designed to reduce childrens anxiety towards medical professionals.  It started in 2011 in both Auckland and Dunedin. It is designed to expose kids to the medical world in a fun and exciting way. Medical and dentistry students will transform into Teddy Doctors and Dentists for a day- and kids bring their teddies to get their checkups. They can also explore the St Johns Ambulance, check out some real bones and anatomy models, and lots of other fun activities.

During the week the Teddy Bear Clinic is open to Preschools, Kindergartens, Playcentres and Home-Based Childcare Providers to bring groups of children to sessions.

Community Day runs on the Saturday of the same week and is for members of the general public to get involved. The event is designed for children between 3-7, but it is open to any age- particuarly children or siblings in families who have had a hard time with Doctors in the past. We have lots of awesome activities and things to see planned for Community Day, such as St John’s ambulance tours, face painting and health education workshops. 

If you are Childcare Provider in the Otago Area visit the Contact Us page to sign up to our yearly invitational database.

Appointments for our community day are coming soon – like our Facebook page to be kept up to date.