Hands on health for youth
FRASER Coast high school students experienced what it is like to work in health yesterday, in a bid to encourage tertiary study in the field.
Eleven pupils ambitious to train as doctors practised their emergency response skills at the University of Queensland's Rural Clinical School, while Urangan State High School students promoted community wellness at their own health expo.
Both experiences are designed to encourage youngsters to consider jobs in health, a main employer of trained people in the Fraser Coast region.
The Doctor for a Day pilot program held at the university allowed third year medical students to teach their younger teen counterparts some aspects of trauma treatment.
Lead clinical educator Jules Bennet said the program encouraged youth to think strongly about entering into the field.
"We want our future doctors to know that if they don't get an OP 1, there are other paths available to study medicine," she said.
Urangan State High School Grade 12 health class students also got into the act by holding a health expo focused on obesity, mental illness and smoking prevention.
Student Zoe Brown said the target areas were identified by the class in a health report read earlier in the year.
The expo treated about 100 visiting Grade 5 students from Sandy Strait State School to an information-packed morning.
In an effort to promote healthy eating, youngsters had pictures of fruit painted on their faces and were able to measure their waistlines.
"A lot of stands have pamphlets which we got from lots of different organisations," she said.
Cigarette ingredients were explored and headspace, a national youth mental health foundation, tended an information stand about mind wellness.
Miss Brown said the health class worked together to organise the day.
"We wanted to learn more about how different health issues affect different people," she said.