Healthy career on horizon for local students

16 May 2016

Secondary school students will today learn about a range of health careers at the South East Regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Career Expo.

Regional Director South East Jayne Downs said up to 50 students from Mount Gambier, Millicent, Naracoorte, Kingston SE and Penola will attend the expo, held at City Hall in Mount Gambier.

“The expo provides a terrific opportunity to promote the region’s health sector, with the ultimate aim to increase the Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery workforce across our hospitals and community health sites,” Ms Downs said.

“Students will be able to take part in interactive sessions that provide a basic understanding of common health disciplines including dietetics, nursing, physiotherapy, podiatry and the SA Ambulance Service.

“They will learn about the various tertiary courses available to them, helping them to make informed decisions about selecting a career in the health sector.”

Aboriginal Primary Health Care Worker at Country Health SA, Peter May, said the expo was all about showcasing health disciplines in the most effective way possible.

“Students will be able to engage with facilitators in a culturally respectful, safe and friendly environment,” Mr May said.

“More schools and students are taking part this year than ever before.

“Previous expos have been extremely successful and I am confident that these students will enjoy it as much as participants in the past.”

The South East Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Career Expo commenced in 2009 and is held every two years as part of the Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategy.

Schools participating in this year’s expo include Grant High School, Mount Gambier High School, Kingston Community School, Millicent High School, Naracoorte High School, Independent Learning Centre – Mount Gambier, Tenison Woods College and Penola High School.

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