Students explore life at service
Students from Ararat schools have gained insight into regional health care during work-experience placement at East Grampians Health Service.
The year-10 students from Ararat and Marian colleges worked in a variety of departments during their week-long placement.
The students experienced workplace circumstances at the health-care service’s aged-care facilities at Garden View Court and 70 Lowe Street, Patricia Hinchey Centre, day-procedure unit and dialysis, radiology, inpatient unit and allied health area.
The work-experience opportunity provided the students with a chance to understand the type of work carried out and day-to-day situations encountered by clinical staff members.
Ararat College student Jasmine Woods was among students who enjoyed her time at East Grampians Health Service.
“I got to experience many new things and explore many occupations within the health service that I didn’t know even existed,” she said.
“I knew I wanted to pursue midwifery but I was unsure of my career options and which degree or diploma I would have to undertake to get where I needed to be.
“By the end of the week I had a strong mindset and knew where my future was going to go.”
Health service chief executive Nick Bush said having students on site for work-experience week was always positive.
“They are enthusiastic and keen to learn about the different departments,” he said.
“If we can give them a positive experience and help them in their career choices, we are one step closer to having them return to work here after completing their studies, therefore future-proofing our work force.
“Of the local people we know of studying health careers at university, 80 percent have done work experience with us.”