Experience for student
Nhill College year-10 student Mu Yeh Htoo has gained firsthand medical experience while pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor.
Mu learnt about the complexities of a modern health service during work experience at Ballarat Health Services.
He spent time in radiology, pathology, dialysis and agedcare departments.
Mu is a member of Nhill’s Karen community.
His parents hail from Burma-myanmar and like many others, were forced to flee persecution by the army in 2001.
They crossed the border to Thailand and lived in a refugee camp.
Mu was born in the camp, and in 2009 his family was fortunate to be granted a visa to resettle in Australia, moving to join other members of the Karen community in Werribee.
Mu’s family moved to Nhill in 2010 after Nhill-based company Luv-a-duck offered employment and the prospect of a new life in the Wimmera to members of the Karen community.
An initial group of 10 people arrived in Nhill in 2009 and quickly established themselves as valuable members of the community.
Since then more than 180 Karen people have made Nhill their home, adding greatly to the life and prosperity of the town.
Mu’s father works at Luva-duck and his mother works at Pawpo, a community enterprise providing employment for Karen women by continuing the traditional skills of textiles and weaving.
His brothers and sister have completed their schooling at Nhill and gone on to further studies and careers.
Mu is active within Nhill College, where he is secretary of the school’s Student Representative Council, SRC.
He also enjoys tennis, squash and school productions.
Mu is reportedly an excellent student and is hoping to obtain the grades required to enter medical school and become a doctor.