Ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dent

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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