Carving out healthy careers

ABORIGINAL high school students with an interest in health-related careers know just what opportunities exist after a workshop on Monday.

The year 10 students heard from speakers and toured Port Macquarie Base Hospital during a workshop in partnership with the Mid North Coast Local Health District and Charles Sturt University's Future Moves aspiration-building program and Indigenous Student Services.

Wauchope High School student Jack Jones is interested in a dentistry career.

He said the workshop gave him an insight into the job possibilities within the health sector.

Aaliyah Postle, 15, from Wauchope High School is considering a career in health.

"I wanted to see if this was a career path I wanted," she said.

Mid North Coast Local Health District Aboriginal workforce and innovation coordinator Rob Barnett said the aim of the Hands Up for Health workshop was to provide Aboriginal students with an understanding of the variety of health careers available and the necessary study pathways, and encourage them to consider and ultimately pursue careers in the health industry.

He said the students could make informed choices for senior study.

CSU indigenous students support officer Helene Jones said there was going to a be shortage of Aboriginal health workers in the region and data suggested there would be a lot of positions available in the next few years.

She said today's year 10 students would be finished year 12 and able to study at the CSU purpose-built campus.

"This is about allowing them to see the diversity of employment opportunities in the health sector and promote health in a positive light," Mrs Jones said about the workshop.

Thirteen students attended the workshop.

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