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Students take advantage of health careers day

Year 10 students visited the Latrobe Regional Hospital on Thursday as part of the ‘Look Local Careers Program’

By Latrobe City Council - 13th August 2001 - Back to News

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Year 10 students visited the Latrobe Regional Hospital on Thursday as part of the ‘Look Local Careers Program’. The students were introduced to career choices within various health fields such as nursing, allied health, medical, ambulance, pharmacy and administration. Following a tour of the hospital the students visited displays organised by hospital staff, where they were given the opportunity to ask questions about careers options.

Latrobe City Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tony Hanning, said the visit had been an enormous success, giving students a valuable insight into a range of rewarding careers, and being able to field questions to people in the know who were experienced health practitioners.

"Latrobe City Youth Services, with the support of the Department of Education, Employment and Training, Latrobe Regional Hospital (LRH) and the Gippsland Area Consultative Committee, have designed a program to provide quality career information and access to health careers in the Latrobe City region. The interest shown by the students in considering careers in health bodes well for the future health of the nation," Cr Hanning said.

LRH Chief Executive, Felix Pintado, said many young people were not aware of the wide range of career opportunities available in the health sector.

"Most young people understand the roles of doctors and nurses, but there are many other professions needed to run a health service properly. The health sector is a field where many career doors open once you make a start, for example, in medicine or catering or administration. The scope is very wide and I think the visit was an eye opener for many of the students."

Mr Pintado added that with more than 1000 people employed at LRH, the hospital continued to be a major employer in the region.

Youth Development Officer for Latrobe City, Leanne Vella, said the Look Local Careers Program aimed to provide students at year 10 level with an educative visit to a local provider offering a wide range of possible career choices.

"The program promotes local businesses and industries as possible options for career choices, and provides the young people of Latrobe City with a means of broadening their knowledge and understanding of local career opportunities," Ms Vella said.

"Thursday’s visit to the Latrobe Regional Hospital provided current information regarding career options. With hospital staff on hand to discuss their own careers and experiences the students were given valuable assistance in making appropriate subject choices as they prepare for VCE and further education," Ms Vella added.


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