Greater Shepparton Secondary College students visit the DRH
The Department of Rural Health were proud to host a group of Greater Shepparton Secondary College students in April who are part of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.
The AVID program is a new Year 9 elective where Greater Shepparton Secondary College students can choose this subject if they are wanting to attend university. The subject provides skills that will be helpful for students when attending university like: collaboration, organisation, reading, etc. Upon completion of this unit students will be better prepared to approach a rigorous academic pathway, including post-secondary education.
The day consisted of students being involved in two activities.
The first was a hands-on activity in the Department of Rural Health, Clinical Skills lab. Here students were taken through clinical health scenario’s where they could experience what being in theatre might be like as a nurse or Doctor. This was led by University of Melbourne medical students and Department of Rural Health staff members, Anne Thewlis and Kylie Browne.
In addition to this activity, there was also a physiotherapy station where students worked with Going Rural Health physiotherapy student, sizing up crutches and discussing practice.
The second part of the day was a student panel in the Shepparton campus lecture theatre. Here there was a mix of medical, dental, physiotherapy and dietetic students who each spoke about their university experience and was hosted by University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health staff member, Johanna Kyriakou. Discussion also progressed to identifying what pre-requisites to choose for health science degrees, scholarship opportunities, student accommodation, etc.
Greater Shepparton Secondary College AVID students were given a real insight into university experiences and had a fantastic day.