Exploring careers in health

BSSC’s VET Allied Health students were privileged to be given a grand tour of the new world-class Bendigo Hospital. They were astounded by the technology of robot delivery systems, patient entertainment through communication iPads for each bed, and 46 beautifully designed outdoor garden areas accessible by patients so they can enjoy fresh air and natural lighting as a part of their recovery process.

Students were also given information about the variety of nursing, medicine and allied health roles in the hospital including those in the new Cancer Centre.

Students have also been fortunate to visit two large metropolitan hospitals, The Royal Women’s and St Vincent’s. It provided an invaluable learning opportunity to note that facilities and services in regional and metropolitan areas are now largely comparable.

Students were excited to view different areas of the Royal Women’s including birth suite, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the postnatal ward and were amazed and inspired by the care and skill of the nursing and medical staff looking after the State’s most premature babies.

Additionally, students visited St Vincent’s hospital, a leader in neurological and cognitive disorders and stroke. Students were given a one to one account of a day in the life of an allied health staff member working with people who have these conditions. Consequently students were able to build a real understanding of the qualities and skills required to work in health and an insight into specialty fields available in both Melbourne and Bendigo in a range of nursing, medical and allied health professions.