Students get a healthy taste of working life

Tuesday, 25 July 2017.

Forty local Year 10 students are getting a taste of a career in healthcare over the next month, as part of Barwon Health’s ‘Careers in Health’ work experience program.

The program, co-ordinated by the Clinical Education and Training unit runs for a week, and involves clinicians from many areas of the organisation, which is the largest employer in Geelong.

Offering students the opportunity to participate in simulated learning of healthcare practices, the program enables students to experience what a day as a health professional may entail, whether it’s working in theatre, examining an x-ray, dispensing medication or supporting aged care residents.

The aim of the Careers in Health program is to promote awareness of the breadth of career opportunities healthcare offers. The program recognises that workplace learning activities assist in providing insight into the health industry, and may support students considering pursuing a career in health to make informed decisions about their future. 

This immersive work experience program offers exposure to clinicians and educators from a broad range of occupations including nursing, medicine, midwifery, physiotherapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics, medical imaging, paramedics and allied health, working across several of healthcare. 

Surf Coast Secondary College student and aspiring surgeon Rachel Quintero has found her experience a valuable one so far.

“I came to Barwon Health thinking ‘yeah surgery would be cool’,” Rachel said, “but after these past couple of days my motivation to pursue medicine and surgery has increased significantly. I think that when you get and insight into what everything is about it really makes you realise that it is a really rewarding career path and it is worth the many years of study.”

The program is supported by the Geelong Local Learning and Employment Network. Students who have an interest health and community services are invited to apply for the program earlier in the year. This year there were a record number of applications received from a greater range of schools than in previous years. Barwon Health has increased the number of places available this year and hopes to increase opportunities again next year.

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Pictured above: Sacred Heart students Ebony and Alyssa in the simulated theatre with Nurse Educator Liz Krstevski.

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.