Work Experience and Volunteer Opportunities
Work experience at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) will soon take place in the form of a five day program “Health Inspirations”. Health Inspirations is modelled on the successful UK campaign “work inspirations”. The program aims to engage students in more positive, helpful and meaningful ways and to provide them with a clearer picture of the world of work. The program also aims to help students understand careers in health, both the frontline and behind the scenes. The inaugural program was trialed in November 2013 and was deemed a success by students, parents, careers advisors and staff.
Health Inspirations is targeted at Year 10 high school students that either reside and/or go to school in the Penrith, Blue Mountains, Lithgow or Hawkesbury local government areas. Participation in the program is subject to an application process.
The program includes:
- Health Insights – Students explore “What is a career?”; individual personality traits and preferences and how these may relate to a health career and “What is health?”.
- Health Snapshots – Students meet numerous employees from across the professional spectrum and discuss their personal health career journeys’ and the kind of work their typical day is like.
- Health Journey – Students tour through the hospital campus and obtain an understanding of the patient experience as well as the health environment as an employee.
- Health Careers – Students research a health career of personal interest, develop ‘career boards’ and present these to their peers. Presentations are also provided on health pathways through TAFE and university.
Koori Kids Futures (KKF) is a work experience program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths who attend high schools within the Local Health District (LHD) and are in years 10 to 12. This program encourages a new generation of young people to pursue a career in health, with students visiting numerous clinical sites and services.
The program is closely modelled on the Health Inspirations program and launched in the Local Health District in 2015.
The program was a finalist in the 2019 NSW Health Awards, nominated for its work supporting the career aspirations of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
NBMLHD provides education and experience to vocational, undergraduate, and post graduate students across a variety of education sectors. We strive to provide a supportive learning environment and quality educational experiences.
Student clinical placements are managed through ClinConnect with education providers and NBMLHD clinical educators, http://www.heti.nsw.gov.au/clinconnect/
Placements are offered across services and facilities throughout the LHD.
Volunteers work in a team environment, share similar values and work towards providing a community service to our visitors. Volunteers are involved with a range of duties including fundraising initiatives, ad-hoc duties, driving shuttles and working on the guide desk. Volunteers work either to their personal availability or on a roster based system depending on allocated duties.
Volunteer involvement is subject to an application process including standard police checks, health checks, half day orientation and agreement to the NSW health code of conduct. Further information can be obtained through phoning the Volunteer President on (02) 4734 1556.
Tuesday, 4 February 2020 3:18:05 PM