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HoT ‘n’ Deadly! Health ‘n’ Science at ECU

HoT ‘n’ Deadly Health ‘n’ Science @ ECU is a program for high school students in Years 9-12 from low SES schools in the Perth metropolitan area. Students explore, over 5 days, what it is like to be, for example a medical scientist, a paramedic, a sports scientist, a psychologist or a nurse. HoT stands for “Hands on Training“, a program initially established in 2007 by SIRCH which developed into HoT ‘n’ Deadly!

The objectives of the program are to:

  • provide an opportunity for secondary students to experience the ECU campus and develop confidence in the environment.
  • promote the development of ongoing friendships between students and mentoring by staff to support student aspirations to participate in higher education.
  • provide students with an opportunity to undertake learning and skill development in areas of health science.
  • include and promote current ECU health and science students and staff as positive role models to build aspirations.
  • include a one day Apply First Aid course in the program where students obtain a first aid certificate.
  • build and maintain relationships with students, parents and staff from high schools, the Department of Education and a variety of health services.

Past HoT ‘n’ Deadly! Health ‘n’ Science @ ECU programs

  • For the 2010 program, please see HoT ‘n’ Deadly! Nursing ‘n’ Paramedics @ ECU
  • The 2012 program was held as a camp where 24 Aboriginal metropolitan and rural high school students participated.
  • The 2013 program offered both metropolitan and rural high school Aboriginal students from Years 9-12  and community members life long skills in first aid. First aid training was held in Geraldton, Carnarvon, Northam and ECU Joondalup Campus with participants from the Swan Community.  A total of 42 people obtained first aid certificates.

Funding agency

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) funding.

Project duration

December 2011 to December 2014


Professor Moira Sim
Ms Toni Wain

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