Students get hands-on with health professions at Dandenong Hospital
Students from nine LEAP priority schools participated in clinical health activities at Dandenong hospital on 13 August.
56 students gathered in a lecture theatre used by trainee medical professionals and began the day with an introduction to LEAP and health professions. Students heard from university students studying in a range of health-related professions including nursing, audiology, nutrition and dietetics and occupational therapy among others.
The first practical activity of the day involved students checking their vital signs through the use of stethoscopes (heart rate and lungs) and sphygmomanometers (blood pressure).
After lunch students broke into smaller groups where they participated in focused activities.
A university student of dentistry got students dressed in clinical gowns and masks so that they could examined each other's teeth and mouths.
A nursing student took groups through CPR and how to use auto-injectors such as EpiPen and Anapen to treat anaphylactic reactions.
Students also had an opportunity to take an hour-long tour of the hospital, guided by a range of medical students completing placement. Tours included the emergency department, maternity and surgery wards, and were a great opportunity to ask university student questions about their studies and practical work.
95.6 per cent of students who attended said that this activity increased their knowledge of jobs in the health profession, and 80.9 per cent said the activity had increased their interest in a career in the health profession.
One student said they learnt that "when working in a hospital environment you need to be a quick thinker and have a passion for your job" while another learnt that "there's a wide variety of health professions that are suitable for different people".
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