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These teddy bears are teaching kids about health

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Medical students in Australia are using a new approach to teach children about preventative health care.

The Teddy Bear Hospital, a program run by University of Tasmania medical students, educates children about sickness, health and medical procedures by using teddy bears.

The medical students act as "Teddy Doctors" by simulating real life health encounters with the stuffed bears and helping the children understand complex procedures.

"Children learn best through play, so they are playing little scenarios today so they are taking that on board and they will always remember what they have learned," acting Principal of St. Pauls Catholic College, Catherine Montgomery, said.

The university is also examining the program to see how much it helps develop communication skills between medical students and pediatric patients.

"That might lead on to it becoming a compulsory component of medical education in the future," University of Tasmania medical student Zoe Dodge said.

The Teddy Bear Hospital helps children know what to expect if they ever need to go to the hospital.

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