Our outlook is healthy
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.