Stu­dents ex­plore life at ser­vice

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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.”

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