July 1st, 2016

Experiencing health professions at Sunshine Hospital

At workshops hosted by Sunshine Hospital on 30 May and 20 June, 130 Y9 and 10 students from Hoppers Crossing SC, Staughton Coll., Pascoe Vale Girls SC, Hallam SC, Copperfield Coll. and Western English Language School experienced hospital life from the perspective of health professionals and university students.

The students started the day with a fun activity designed to help them get to know people quickly - being comfortable and confident talking to people is an important skill for a health professional.

image of oximeter

They appreciated hearing the from the passionate medical, nursing and paramedicine university students, finding out about what they study, the different pathways followed and why they are loving what they do.

Students then participated in a vital signs workshop where they learnt how to check their heart rate and to use a stethoscope. They then broke into smaller groups for three more hands-on activities.

In one rotation they learnt Clinical skills, including how to use a reflex hammer correctly, what an oximeter does, and the different uses of a tuning fork. 

image of students testing their blood pressure

Then they manually checked the blood pressure of a friend.

For many students, the second rotation was their favourite workshop, hosted by the hospital’s Paramedicine students. Only a handful of them had previously learnt their DRABCD’s and they soon discovered how tiring it is to perform CPR for 2 minutes.


The third rotation was hosted by Social Work students who challenged students with a case study, asking them to determine how best to assist the patient.

Student feedback on things they had learnt during the day included:
“There is more to a profession than their stereotype.”
“..many different thing to do in health and also many different courses.”
“You have to be passionate about your job.”
“What you do before university isn’t the most important thing or the only way to be successful.”

View more pictures at Gallery > Health images.

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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