Manawatu secondary school pupils spent yesterday learning how to save lives and getting some direction for their own.
More than 150 pupils from nine schools in Palmerston North, Dannevirke and Tararua attended the MidCentral Careers in Health day at the Palmerston North Hospital.
A range of health professions including doctors, midwives, medical imaging, radiation therapy, social work, pharmacy, physiotherapy and ambulance were on display. Hands-on activities included CPR and wheelchair obstacle courses.
MidCentral medical recruitment consultant and expo organiser Christine Wood said the day was created to replace a previous expo-type event no longer being held.
"We wanted to expose the students to as many healthcare careers as possible," she said.
"Feedback from schools and participating health professionals has been positive. I think it's gone really well."
Wood said the event was well supported by the region's schools.
"Schools have sent students who were already interested in health careers so they've been quite engaged."
Palmerston North Girls' High School pupil Sophie Allen, 17, said she now had clear direction for her career plans.
"I've always wanted to be a doctor so I knew I wanted to talk to them about that and get a first-hand account of what it's like to go through medical school. Now I know being a doctor is definitely for me."
Rebecca Palmer, 16, said she had learnt about several new areas of health. "I thought it was good because I got to find out about other options that I didn't know about."
St John Ambulance officer Ingrid Chamberlain spent the day teaching students how to do CPR using St John's mobile app. "They've been great . . . really receptive."
- Manawatu Standard
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