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  • Students dress up in the nursing demonstration wards

    Students dress up in the nursing demonstration wards

Hot and deadly - nursing and paramedics at ECU

In 2010, 17 Aboriginal students, Years 9-12, were recruited to spend four days at ECU to get a taste of what it’s like to be a nurse or paramedic.
Funded by the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, Teaching and Learning Grants, the project was specifically designed for Aboriginal school students and included an Aboriginal nurse co-ordinator, a visit to Kurongkurl Katitjin and involvement by Aboriginal nursing and paramedic students.

The aim of the project was:

  • to provide an opportunity for secondary students to experience a university campus and develop confidence in this environment;
  • to provide students with learning and skill development in a number of areas of nursing and paramedic practice; and
  • for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine to build relationships with students, parents and community members.

Ongoing funding for this project is currently being sought.  We are also keen to offer this program to Aboriginal secondary students in rural and remote areas.


Professor Cobie Rudd
Associate Professor Moira Sim

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