On Monday 10th of April a group of Years 10 – 12 students volunteered to attend a University of Adelaide Health and Medical Rural Tour. Throughout April, 12 University students from the AURHA (Adelaide University Rural Health Alliance) travel to the Barossa region visiting schools to run a short informative and interactive program promoting careers in health related fields to rural students. We were very fortunate to have Abby Moore (class of 2015) visit and present the Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery to our current students. The allied health areas were; Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Dentistry and Oral Health. Each health field presented important information briefly to the students before the interactive rotational activities.
The rural tour group divided the students into 4 rotational groups in the four key allied health areas. Students spent 10 minutes per group participating in learning activities to gain a better understanding of the key allied health areas.
Students participated in a range of activities. Students were able to test one another’s reflexes, blood pressure, pulse rates and identifying patterns. We were lucky to see the replica teeth that the University students use to check teeth and add fillings. In order for dentistry students to learn how to read your top teeth, they practice writing letters reflected in a mirror. Our students found this quite difficult but very interesting. A number of students found it difficult to place body organs in the correct positions on the drawing of the body. The students found the rotational activities enjoyable and appreciated the opportunity to speak to 2nd and 3rd year students about university life, subjects needed in Year 12 and the levels of difficulty in the various degrees. Our students also appreciated the chance to ask the University students about work placement in the nursing and medical degrees. Placement is very important to put theory to practice and to network for future employment.
We thank The University of Adelaide students for their preparation and visit to Faith.
Careers Coordinator, Trish Cirillo