Around 100 students contemplating a career in health practiced skills used by professionals during two interactive workshops facilitated by the University of Tasmania’s Rural Clinical School.
The Year 10 Health Careers Practical Skills Program, in Burnie on 23 May, and Latrobe, 24 May, allowed students to get hands-on in activities where they experienced responding to casualties in an emergency, making a medical diagnosis by piecing together clues, and how to deal with chronic illnesses and preventative health.
The program is facilitated annually by Rural Clinical School medical students with the support of staff. The workshops also shared information about education pathways and study options at the University of Tasmania.
Dr Lizzi Shires, Director of the Rural Clinical School said the program was significant in helping guide young participants as they worked towards a career in health.
“We find that many year 10 students already have a health profession in mind, so what these workshops aim to do is provide them with practical skills and advice which helps them map out the most effective pathway towards this,” Dr Shires said.
“The students get an opportunity to think the way that health professionals think, solve problems and work in teams. We help them negotiate the information maze so they can work out what they need in year 11 and 12 to get them to their preferred course.
“Year 11 and 12 students from Don College and Hellyer College attended to share their experiences of transition from high school to college and how to make the most of their time at college to achieve their goals. The college students also shared their top tips on how to succeed at college.”