Encouraging students to pursue medical careers in the NT

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Encouraging students to pursue medical careers in the NT

A group of medical students from around Australia have spent the week exploring the Top End as part of NT PHN’s High School to Health Careers Program (HSHCP).

As part of the program, the medical students discover how fantastic the Northern Territory is to live and work, while inspiring our local high school students to follow in their footsteps and pursue careers in health.

For example, the group provided high school students from Casuarina Senior College and Jabiru Area School with valuable career advice and conducted hands-on workshops that offered a glimpse into various health disciplines.

The workshops included training in caring for snake bites, stitching up of bandages for wound care.

The team also organised a teddy bear hospital which allowed the students to practice first aid and emergency medical procedures on the stuffed animals.

During their visit, the medical students also met with health professionals, gained valuable learning experiences in rural and remote health, explored the natural beauty of the NT, and participated in Indigenous cultural activities.

Cultural experiences included a traditional Welcome to Country performed by Larrakia woman Cyan Sue-Lee, who also demonstrated a string-making workshop and shared Larrakia stories that were passed down to her from her ancestors. The cohort spent several days exploring Jabiru and Kakadu National Park where they witnessed some of the rock art at Ubirr

Lexie Vazey, the Future Health Workforce Consultant at NT PHN, said the program aims to inspire young people to pursue a career in the health sector in the Northern Territory.

“The High School to Health Careers Program is a unique opportunity for aspiring health professionals to explore the NT and discover the diverse range of opportunities in health care available for them,” she said.

“The program leaves a lasting impression on many of its participants who have decided to return to the NT and call it home.”

HSHCP is only made possible through the collaboration of several organisations including local hospitals, schools, and community groups. The program is fully funded by NT PHN, ensuring that all students can participate regardless of their financial situation.

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