Aspiring students value opportunity to see health in action.
Aspiring students value opportunity to see health in action.

Southwest students given real-life healthcare experience

MAKING a career choice is always much more informed if you can be part of the relevant workplace and that's exactly what Charleville High School students are doing tomorrow part of the Aspire2Health program.

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 Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH), have partnered to deliver a series of Aspire2Health workshops across the Darling Downs and southwest.

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

Geoff Argus, the SQRH Director Associate Professor said the program targets high school students who are 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 students," 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.

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

"During the day workshop students also meet local health professionals and have a hands-on session during a simulated scenario of patient care.

"At Charleville there are a total of 10 year 10 students taking part in Aspire2Health and all have expressed an interest in a health career.

"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."

QRME CEO Megan O'Shannessy said the program has been designed to reflect the huge diversity in health careers and could prompt students to embark on a life-changing pathway.

"These students will finish the day knowing much more about the various health careers available, what university courses are on offer and how they navigate their learning journey," she said.

"We're keen to meet and talk to the students - they are potentially the next generation of health professionals who will build the health system of the future."

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