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School workshops encourage Indigenous kids to work in health

Date posted: 4 October 2011

Indigenous secondary students are being encouraged to consider pursuing a career in health, as part of the Australian Government's Attracting more people to work in Indigenous health campaign. A round of 20 workshops is being conducted in schools and as part of careers exhibitions across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, until November 2011.

The workshops will bring together local health professionals and representatives from local training institutions to talk to students about what it's like to study and work in the health area.

Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon said, 'hearing the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples already working in health will hopefully inspire some students to seriously think about following in their footsteps.' The workshops also provide an opportunity for the kids to have some fun. Most sessions include an interactive component, such as having blood pressure taken, or looking at the equipment inside an ambulance.

The workshops complement the national Health heroes advertising campaign, and support the Australian Government's commitment to close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous people and other Australians. For more information about these campaigns, see links to the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, below.

Upcoming Workshop Sessions

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Last updated: 4 October 2011
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