Our out­look is healthy

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The fu­ture for health ser­vices in Porirua looks bright, with many lo­cal stu­dents show­ing a strong in­ter­est in health ca­reers, ac­cord­ing to Michelle Robin­son of Part­ners Porirua.

Part­ners Porirua is work­ing with lo­cal schools on sev­eral pro­grammes with a health theme. Stu­dents learn the im­por­tance of a healthy life­style, dis­ease pre­ven­tion and the im­pact of health is­sues on fam­i­lies and friends, she says.

Sev­eral cur­ricu­lum links, along with mo­ti­va­tional speak­ers and health ex­perts, talk to stu­dents about their jobs and the op­por­tu­ni­ties in health.

Youth Tran­si­tion Ser­vices of­fered by Part­ners Porirua as­sists stu­dents into fur­ther study for a health ca­reer or em­ploy­ment in the health work­force.

Health pro­grammes have been part of the pro­gramme of­fered by Part­ners Porirua for lo­cal schools since 2005, when it was iden­ti­fied there were sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties in the health sec­tor for em­ploy­ment and the pro­mo­tion of the im­por­tance of car­ing for one­self and oth­ers.

Each year the pro­gramme has de­vel­oped and grown, says Ms Robin­son.

‘‘The im­por­tant fac­tor for suc­cess is help­ing the school to cre­ate a pro­gramme that is mean­ing­ful for their stu­dents and which delivers on school’s learn­ing ob­jec­tives,’’ she says.

‘‘We’ve de­vel­oped a pro­gramme that fits for both, based around an imag­i­nary fam­ily with a va­ri­ety of health is­sues.’’

Within the pro­gramme the stu­dents hear from health pro­fes­sion­als and so­cial agen­cies and visit Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal’s Na­tional Sim­u­la­tion Suite.

At any one time, Part­ners Porirua has at least six health projects on the go, Ms Robin­son says. Those who have come on board to as­sist in­clude Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board, Well­care Ed­u­ca­tion and Health­care NZ, Whi­tireia Polytech­nic and or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Ora Toa Health Unit.

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