Workshop Ideas

Kids enjoy learning about things that are relatable to them, such as in child and adolescent health. Ask the school if there is anything the students would be interested in, or is a current concern in the community. Consider reaching out to other clubs on campus, other RHCs in your region or the NRHSN for spare equipment or more ideas than those listed below. 

Consider tying in health careers with each activity: 

  • Asthma – how to use a puffer and spacer. 

  • Anaphylaxis – what’s an EpiPen and how can we use it? (again, some companies are happy to send trainer pens without needles to practice). 

  • Broken bones – plastering (NB - don't put on full circumferential casts. These can set hard, and then the poor kid needs to make a trip to ED to get it taken off) or slings, and sprained ankle strapping. 

  • Blood pressure and heart checks – using a blood pressure cuff and stethoscopes. 

  • Basic first aid – DRSABCD in a scenario, CPR simulation with a dummy. 

  • Diabetes – when lollies can be a lifesaving treat! (introduction to blood sugars, insulin). 

  • Neurological problems – knee, ankle, bicep reflexes are fun and a great way to talk generally about the nervous system. Pupil reflexes with a pen torch. 

  • Strokes – get the students to prepare and taste thickened fluids while talking about the job of a speech pathologist. FAST recognition for stroke in older students. 

  • Healthy eating – food pyramid and apple slinkies. 

  • Surgical knot tying – who can tie the most knots one handed? (need shoe-laces/thick string and somewhere to anchor them like a wooden board or backs of chairs).   

  • Muscle stimulation – TENS machine to get muscles twitching and see how different groups of muscles work. 

  • Hand washing – are kids washing their hands properly? (UV lights and UV fluorescent hand wash – available online inexpensively). 

  • Stool charts – Playdough for younger students! When would we need to look at someone’s stool to keep them healthy? (how nurses are an incredibly vital part of the healthcare team). 

  • Snake bites and stings – How to use a compression bandage and snake bite/ sting scenario. 

  • Anatomy model (Gutsy Gus) Fun facts/questions about the human body. Which group can put him back together the quickest? 

  • Mental health – What does it mean to be mentally healthy? How can we start conversations with friends we’re worried about? What do psychologists and counsellors do? 

  • Dress ups – bring along some scrubs and some patient gowns with printed out cards of different health professionals for each student. 

  • Dentistry – Teach dental hygiene. Approach a local dentist or supplier for samples of toothbrushes and toothpaste.