Students in Year 9 learn about health, medicine and related sciences at this Heartbeat event for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
The event took place for the first time in 2015 at Western Sydney Local Health District's (WSLHD) Westmead Hospital, made possible through a partnership with WSLHD. Students heard from inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander WSLHD health professionals during the guest speaker session followed by the exploration of a range of health-related careers through a series of interactive, hands-on workshops.
The students were placed into three groups to rotate through the workshops. They were also given workbooks with information, and questions to answer.
- Simulation Lab - Students had the opportunity to see the nursing simulation lab used for training. They learnt basic life support simulation training and tested their CPR skills.
- Environmental Health - Students were given a presentation as well as the opportunity to see how well they could wash their hands, which related to the germ prevention topic covered. They were also provided with useful information in regard to related environmental health topics.
- CareFlight - A guided base and helicopter tour was planned for the students (due to unforeseen circumstances, the helicopter and base were not available for students to visit). The first rotation of students walked to the site and had an interesting talk with some of the staff from CareFlight. The remaining two rotations had the opportunity to see the Oral Health training facilities (see below).
- Oral Health - Two rotations of students saw the Oral Health Training Facility at Westmead Hospital. Students were shown the labs where oral health care professionals receive training and testing during their studies.
Parents and carers of invited students are very welcome to attend the event and should indicate they'll be attending on the permission form sent by the school prior to each event.
It's planned The Frontline will run every year and the event for 2016 will be designed to reflect the students' interests and suggestions from the pilot event run last year. The event will be held at WSLHD Blacktown Hospital in 2016.