Koori Careers & Aspiration Day at PDH

Claire Holt, Health Information Manager explains her role to visiting Koori students
Lauren Newman, Education Manager captures the attention of the students
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Friday, 5 June 2015
Indigenous students from the Portland region are being given an opportunity to explore potential careers in the healthcare industry.

Indigenous students from the Portland region are being given an opportunity to explore potential careers in the healthcare industry.

Portland District Health will today host a Koori Careers and Aspirations Day, an innovative first-hand look for students to explore the range of employment options across the health service, including clinical and general careers.

PDH's recently appointed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Officer Janice Huggers, together with a team of representatives from across the hospital, will welcome the students from Portland and surrounding towns.

PDH Human Resources Coordinator Rebecca Skaer said the students would obtain insight into the daily routine of a variety of staff at the health service. The theme of the day will be ‘A day in the life of and staff will provide an insight into their working life and highlight the positives of their career choice.

It's to give local Aboriginal students an idea of what jobs relate to working in a large organisation such as Portland District Health, and what qualifications and experience they need to secure those jobs,Ms Skaer said.

The students will tour the health service and hear from staff in administration, medical records, occupational therapy, pharmacy, nursing, maintenance, midwifery, catering, environmental services and medical services.

There will be sessions looking at resources used in training and a chance to ask questions of staff.

South West TAFE and Deakin University will also make presentations about potential pathways into health careers.


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