CAREERS IN HEALTH: The Aspire2Health program was delivered to Dalby students this week, delivering a practical workshop about careers in medicine. Picture: Sam Turner
CAREERS IN HEALTH: The Aspire2Health program was delivered to Dalby students this week, delivering a practical workshop about careers in medicine. Picture: Sam Turner

Dalby students get hands on medical training for future jobs

IF YOU happen to see a number of school students walking around Dalby this week with plaster casts around their arms, there is a perfectly reasonable, and educational reason for it.

Twenty year 10 students from Dalby State High School, Our Lady of the Southern Cross, and Dalby Christian College experienced a taste of a career in medicine today at the Dalby PCYC.

The annual Aspire2Health program visited the Western Downs town to deliver an interactive workshop to teenagers keen to enter the health sector after school.

Southern Queensland Rural Health Director Associate Professor Geoff Argus said the program targeted high school students who were interested in working in medicine, nursing or allied health and gives them a full immersion into regional and rural healthcare.

"We have been fortunate to work with all the stakeholders to present a comprehensive and inspirational learning day for student," he said.

"The workshop gives regional, rural and remote high school students the opportunity to experience some aspects of healthcare delivery in a practical sense.

A paramedic showing the equipment inside an ambulance to Dalby students. Picture: Sam Turner
A paramedic showing the equipment inside an ambulance to Dalby students. Picture: Sam Turner

"Research has shown that students who come from a rural area are more likely to return to practice rurally so bringing these workshops to regional and rural Southern Queensland creates a pathway for health career choices and eventually emerging rural health professionals."

The students participated in clinical skills stations on plastering, suturing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and various allied health skills.

Griffith University educator Paul Purea said the program endeavoured to give valuable information to rural high school students about career paths in health, and all the various professions within it.

"There's the obvious stuff like paramedics, doctors and nurses, but we also try to expose students to the fact there's a lot of other health disciplines that aren't as visible," he said.

"There's physio, speech pathology, midwifery, social working, mental health, and psychologists roles we're trying to introduce the students to, as well as the mainstream ones."

The Aspire2Health program showed students how to plaster arms. Picture: Sam Turner
The Aspire2Health program showed students how to plaster arms. Picture: Sam Turner

Mr Purea said the program promotes to all students, regardless of what discipline they pursue in health, that they all must work in a team when treating patients.

"We're telling them about what university courses are out there, how to get in, what the study and work looks like as well," he said.

"This afternoon they were given an opportunity to try some of the clinical skills that our university students are taught."

This program was made possibly by a joint effort by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, Queensland Rural Medical Education (QRME), Griffith University, University of Queensland Rural Clinical School Toowoomba and University of Southern Queensland, along with SQRH.

The collaboration also had support from the Darling Downs West Moreton Primary Health Network (DDWMPHN).


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