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Koori Kids looks to the future

10 Nov 2020

 

The next generation of health care professionals has been discovered as local school students take part in NBMLHD’s Koori Kids Futures program to learn about the various opportunities and careers available.

Koori Kids Futures aims to see more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students take up careers in health and is a program designed to increase our Aboriginal workforce while helping to close the gap in health inequalities.

Masked up and ready to go, 16 students from nine different high schools enrolled in the work experience program this year at Nepean Hospital.

Students visited Intensive Care, Children’s Ward, Medical Imaging and Birth Unit and learnt how to use a pulse oximeter, diagnose bone breaks, perform resuscitation techniques and operate hoist lifts.

The students also had the opportunity to hear inspiring personal career stories from our Nursing and Allied Health staff, including how their career journey unfolded following their completion of school.

Parents and careers advisors unanimously agree that the experience of the Koori Kids Futures program has enormous benefits for students in helping define their own career path.

The Koori Kids 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.