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Health checks for the children of Cherbourg

Date - 20 October 2022

What an incredible experience the Cherbourg collective kids birthday party was, particularly for health students on placement. Children in the area were able to come along and join in the festivities while receiving important health and developmental checks.

The birthday party held on Tuesday October 18, was a collaborative event from SQRH, Queensland Health and the Starlight Foundation. The day gives health students and professionals from the areas of nursing, dental, dietetics, speech pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work and psychology the chance to check in with children in a fun way. The teams used activities and fun games so the children felt at ease, instead of being in a hospital environment.

Each child was given a ‘health passport’ then they would make their way around each station to have their health assessment completed and a sticker placed in their passport.

Students from the University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, Southern Cross University and James Cook University remarked how valuable the day was for their own studies and career.

All health professionals, students and carers at the party shared a collective goal to ensure a bright future for the children in the area.

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