August 27th, 2013

LEAP into Careers in Allied Health in Horsham


Fifty-five Year 9 students participated in a LEAP into...Health event on Thursday 22 August at the Wimmera Trade Training Centre in Horsham. Attending students were from Horsham College, Murtoa College, Edenhope College, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College, Warracknabeal Secondary College and Hopetoun P-12 College.

Deakin University’s Associate Professor Bernie Marshall, facilitated the day, maintaining the Year 9 students’ focus on the Health Industry throughout the activities. Part of the success of the day was due to the contribution of four medical students from Deakin University who spend the day running activities and talking with the students in various discussions. Each had completed a previous Health-related undergraduate degree and were able to share their very interesting stories about study and their choice of career. The day consisted of three interactive workshops focused on Psychology, Nutrition and Anatomy. Run by the university students, all the attending school students participated in each session in turn.

Students label bones of the handThere is no doubt the Year 9 students left this LEAP event with an increased knowledge of the range of options available to them in the Health professions and also an understanding of the skills needed to work effectively in this industry.

The final activity of the day gave the students a deeper insight into the huge number of health professionals who may be involved in the care of patients. The students were given the scenario of an elderly patient who had a health related problem at home. The students were taken through the procedures followed from the time of the elderly woman’s emergency in the home, to admission into hospital, her time in hospital and subsequent discharge and further support arranged once back in her home. As each Health professional was identified in this process, Bernie gave a student the name badge of the professional assisting the patient at that time and had them stand out the front of the room. By the time the activity was completed, there was only a handful of students left seated. It was a great way of demonstrating to the students that professionals in the Health Industry are often part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Sincere thanks to Bernie Marshall and the Deakin University students for helping make this a great learning experience for the Wimmera Southern Mallee students.


LEAP into… Health activities aim to encourage students to consider a career in Health. View all Health Activities available to your school. 

By: LEAP into...Health Team
Categories: Health

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