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Hot and Deadly program engages local Aboriginal students

Friday, 20 August 2010

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Aboriginal students got a taste of what it’s like to be a nurse or paramedic as part of the Hot and Deadly! Nursing and Paramedics@ ECU program.

Led by Associate Dean Health, Professor Cobie Rudd and Postgraduate Medicine Co-ordinator, Associate Professor Moira Sim, the program saw 17 young Aboriginal people in Years 9-12 give up four days from the last week of the school term to visit the both the ECU Joondalup and Mount Lawley campuses.  

Specifically designed for Aboriginal school students, the program includes an Aboriginal nurse coordinator, a visit to Kurongkurl Katitjin and involvement from Aboriginal nursing and paramedic students.

Professor Sim believes the program is a great opportunity for students to get an insight into the healthcare profession.

“The feedback was fantastic, the group enjoyed themselves enormously and many said they hoped to have a career in health.”

“We plan to follow up with these students on a regular basis as they progress through their final years of school and career choices, in the hope that they will choose to further their studies at ECU after graduation,” said Professor Sim.

The Hot and Deadly! Nursing and Paramedics@ ECU program is based on the very successful Year 10 Hands on Training (HOT) Program, created by the Systems Intervention Research Centre for Health (SIRCH), which has been running for the past four years.

Seven out of the 32 Year 10 HOT participants in 2007 enrolled at ECU in Semester 1 of 2010.

For more information on the program, email Professor Moira Sim on m.sim@ecu.edu.au.

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