Informing rural and remote high school students about careers in health: the effect of Health Careers Workshops on course selection

Eley, Robert and Hindmarsh, Natalie and Buikstra, Elizabeth (2007) Informing rural and remote high school students about careers in health: the effect of Health Careers Workshops on course selection. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 15 (1). pp. 59-64. ISSN 1038-5282


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Objective: Since 1994, as part of the Health Careers in the Bush program, Queensland Health has run residential workshops to provide secondary school students from rural and remote areas with information about health careers. This study reports on the influence of the program on tertiary course selection.

Design: Self administered mail survey and telephone interviews.

Setting: Secondary schools.

Subjects: Past students who had in Year 10 attended residential career workshops run by Queensland Health.

Main outcome measures: Tertiary courses; self-reported influence of the workshop programme on raising awareness and course selection.

Results: Over 90% of participants reported that the workshops had a major impact on their course and career selection. The workshops provided exposure to a wide variety of health-related disciplines enabling students to be better informed about their course and career plans within the industry. Half of the students changed their course as a result of attending a workshop and 83% enrolled in a health-related course. The 17% who did not enrol in a health-related course also recognised the value of the workshop program.

Conclusion: The workshop program raised awareness of health professions and offered valuable information to rural students about a wide range of health careers. Results suggest that provision of such information in a residential workshop format contributed significantly to tertiary course selection of rural and remote students. The benefit to the health industry from these workshops has been substantial in relation to the small amount of funds invested.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:48
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: secondary schools, tertiary education, health occupations, career guidance, Queensland
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy

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