Students from local schools have undertaken work experience placements at East Grampians Health Service.
The year 10 students from Ararat College and Marian College worked across the health service in a variety of departments during their week-long placement.
The students were able to experience work in the EGHS aged care facilities Garden View Court and 70 Lowe Street, Patricia Hinchey Centre, the day procedure unit and dialysis, radiology, the inpatient unit and allied health.
The week long placement opened the eyes of students to the type of work carried out by clinical staff and to the situations encountered on a day-to-day basis.
Ararat College student Jasmine Woods was one of the students who enjoyed her time at EGHS.
“I got to experience many new things and explore many occupations within the health service that I didn’t know even existed,” Jasmine said.
“I knew I wanted to pursue midwifery but I was unsure of my career options and which degree or diploma I would have to undertake to get where I needed to be.
“By the end of the week I had a strong mindset and knew where my future was going to go.”
EGHS chief executive Nick Bush said having the students on site during their work experience week was always positive.
“They are enthusiastic and keen to learn about the different departments of the health service,” Mr Bush said.
“If we can give them a positive experience and help them in their career choices, we are one step closer to having them return to work here after completing their studies, therefore future-proofing our work force.
“It is important that services such as ours are inclusive of work experience students as the benefits are mutual. Of the local people we know of studying health careers at university, 80 per cent have done work experience with us.”