September 12th, 2013

Health professionals in action - a day at Sunshine Hospital

Nurse? Surgeon? Paramedic? Social Worker? Audiologist? Dietician? Dentist? Occupational Therapist? Nutritionists? The choices of careers in the health profession are many and varied.

When you are 15 years of age it is difficult to imagine what careers you might wish to pursue after completing school. The LEAP into...Health event at Sunshine Hospital on 9 September assisted students in this decision making process. Students were given the opportunity to learn about a variety of Health careers available to them through ‘hands on’ experiences in a real hospital setting.

A total of 67 students from Kurunjang SC, Lakeview Senior Coll, Laverton P -12 Coll, Manor Lakes P -12 Coll, Staughton Coll,  Sunshine Coll , and  Victoria University SC participated in a stimulating day where students interacted with current university students and explored the Hospital observing Health professionals in action. 

Australian Catholic University students shared their experiences of university study and nursing training. Students were introduced to the importance of a patient's vital signs as they checked heart rates and lung function using stethoscopes. Fortunately all students and staff were found to be in ‘good health’. 

students making a sandwich while blindfoldedIn a workshop exploring occupational therapy careers, students were able to assume the role of patient and therapist when they attempted to make sandwiches while blindfolded. After much mess they soon learned this was not an easy task when blindfolded. Students were introduced to the different equipment and aides designed for patients with a variety of disabilities and medical conditions such as stroke victims. This really allowed the students to understand the work of the Occupational Therapist and how they help people undertake everyday tasks.

Students also had the opportunity to put their problem solving skills to work as they brainstormed how to solve the emerging problem of the obesity epidemic in Australia. Using team work, reasoning and innovation they developed realistic programs as solutions to this growing concern. Later, students got a real insight into the important work of dieticians and nutritionists and learned how to measure the sugar content of liquids to guard against unhealthy eating.

Students on hospital tour with university studentsA highly appealing aspect of the day was a hospital tour guided by medical students from the University of Melbourne. The tours provided students with a unique insight into the workings of the emergency department, the structure of hospital wards along with the staff and specialist services available in patient care. The medical students provided engaging and interesting insights into their roles and experiences of training for their profession both at university and during their practical hospital placements. 

Overall a great time was had and students left the event with a greater knowledge of the range of possible careers in the health profession and which were of most interest to them.

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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