Pupils scan for health careers
Marlborough Girls' College year 12 students were given insights into the role of radiographers at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim yesterday as part of a health career fair organised for their benefit.
The senior students were taken on a tour of the hospital radiology department by head of radiology Philip Thomas.
They were given a basic insight into the workings of the X-ray, CT and ultrasound equipment.
One pupil got to try on one of the old lead aprons used by X-ray staff, before the group got behind the protective screen for a demonstration.
Mr Thomas told the girls that a first-year graduate radiographer started on about $42,000 a year, but explained to them the emotional responsibilities of the job.
"You, for example, might know a person has cancer before they do and they talk to you about going on holiday to Australia next year," he said.
Wairau Hospital learning and development facilitator Denise McQuade said it was hoped the health fair would inspire secondary school students to pursue a career in the sector.
It was a joint venture between Nelson Marlborough District Health Board and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
Rosie said the health fair was awesome because it was interactive and not just all PowerPoint presentations.
She was definitely more interested in a health career as a result of the fair, she said.
"I'm seriously considering it."
- The Marlborough Express