Sim centre studied
A group of 36 Porirua secondary school students were recently selected for a visit to the National Patient Simulation Centre in Wellington Hospital to participate in hands on workshops and activities.
The visit was organised by Partners Porirua to showcase the different pathways within the health industry to young students.
This is the fifth year the programme has been running. It is co-ordinated by Sandie Savage and Henry Samia, business education facilitators at Partners Porirua.
The visit was arranged for students studying science at school and those who have dis- played an interest in developing their career in the health sector.
The year 12 and 13 students performed tasks such as IV cannulation, intubation and resuscitation on simulated human bodies in an exclusive training facility for health professionals.
The programme is also supported by Whitireia Polytechnic with staff from their nursing programmes assisting other health specialists to run workshops focused on topics such as sanitation and manual handling, and the basic disciplines of a flight nurse or paramedic.
‘‘Many of the students who participate in this programme continue with their health studies after college either through Whitireia Polytech or university,’’ says Ms Savage. ‘‘In 2010 we had one student who is now at Otago studying pre-med.’’
The Simulation Centre is closed to the general public, but it is opened up once a year for Partners Porirua to implement the student workshops.
‘‘The visit shows students that there are a wide range of different career paths in the health industry and the hands-on workshops make it a reality for them,’’ she says.
This year for the first time students were even taught how to create fake wounds with glycerine and food colouring – just in case any of them want to pursue a career in theatre or film.