Recently Airds High School hosted over 100 students from across South West Sydney to experience a concept called “Healthwise”.
The purpose of Healthwise, now in its sixth year, is to showcase Careers in Health to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families.
South Western Sydney Local Health District is committed to employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. They offer Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Cadetships in over 52 different occupations across Health.
The day was interactive and fun, featuring displays from Paramedics, Nursing and Midwifery, Podiatry, Dental, Mental Health, Radiography and Occupational Therapy.
Students received one on one time with professional staff, got to use aides and medical equipment, learnt about healthy living and even undertook a short exercise session from Connect Fitness.
The day was a tremendous success addressing skill shortages in the Health Industry whilst Closing the Gap in employment and career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. Another significant outcome was the breaking down of barriers when engaging with large organisations, which can be quite daunting.
Healthwise is a partnership between South Western Sydney Local Health District, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation, Campbelltown City Council, Department of Education and Communities – Regional Office South Western Sydney and State Training Services, Aboriginal Employment Strategy, University of Western Sydney, Airds High School and MWLP – Linking Youth.