For the first time in 2019, John McGlashan has been involved in the SDHB Health Incubator.
This initiative is aimed at giving young people an insight into careers in the health industry, an opportunity to speak with people in those careers, and to see what the careers involved.
The students involved this year were Oliver Bolton, Will Edwards, Keegan Hall, Josh Hou, Angus Kenny, Stijn Lamberts, Krishan Luxmanan, Billy Sheard, and Macauley Ward.
The program involved an introductory session at McGlashan and three hospital visits. We were lucky enough to speak with an experienced paramedic, radiologists, mortuary technicians, a junior doctor specialising in anaesthetics, mortuary technicians, hospital security, an Emergency Department nurse, a NICU nurse, hospital IT, and a medical laboratory scientist.
We had tours and practical sessions in both the radiology department and NICU. The tour of the mortuary was, oddly enough, a highlight and the technicians working there were exceptionally respectful and professional. Our students had the opportunity to see what the inside of a kinder egg and an iPhone looked like in the radiology department, listen to the breathing of a “robot baby” in NICU, and to hear about entry pathways and work experiences. The horror stories shared by the paramedic and the ED nurse had our students enthralled.
From here, the students who participated can request follow up one on one sessions with particular professionals, and take part in the program next year. In 2020, we intend to offer this to Interested Year 12 and 13 students, and there will be different professions to see and hear from.
We give our sincere thanks to Vicie Hodge, who organised this and accompanied us.