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Sunshine Coast high school students took to the wards of their local hospital recently, to sample a career in health.

Sixty students from 22 high schools took part in Sunshine Coast Private Hospital’s Hospital Experience Day program this month.

The annual program allows Year 10, 11 and 12 students to learn about the different health careers involved in a hospital. Students spent the day talking to and observing medical, allied and other health professionals and visited a simulation lab where they could perform a mock surgery.

The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital General Manager, Wallis Westbrook said the program aimed to offer students a practical insight into the workings of a busy hospital.

“Students in senior high school years have some big decisions to make about their career and study and pathways after school.

“By spending time with us, the students have the opportunity for a hands-on educational experience to gain an understanding of a range of careers within a hospital setting including nursing, midwifery, medicine and allied health.

“We are always looking for opportunities to invest in the next generation of doctors and nurses who will be responsible for looking after the health of our community which is why I believe the program is such a valuable experience and an excellent launching pad for our future healthcare professionals,” Mr Westbrook said.

The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital Education Manager, Alex Spencer said the program has helped students decide whether or not they want to pursue a career in healthcare.

“It is fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and conscientious students enjoy the program each year, many of whom were born here and already have a very special connection with the hospital.

“We like to work closely with local education providers such as the University of the Sunshine Coast, Central Queensland University and East Coast TAFE to support students and so far this year we have already welcomed more than 100 midwifery, nursing, physiotherapy, allied health and medical students,” Ms Spencer said.

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