Students venture into Westmead Hospital for career inspiration

Radiographer Emma Inskip (centre) with The Ponds High School students Rajaswi Regmi and Vanessa Chan.

An event filled with interactive stalls today played a hand in motivating students to pursue a future in health.

The Western Sydney Local Health District career expo is held annually and this year’s event at Westmead Hospital attracted 220 students from 20 schools.

Some of the professions on display showcased equipment and props provided by paramedics, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy and social work staff.

Paramedic Zoe Wheeler addresses a group of students at the event.

Year 10 student Rajaswi Regmi from the Ponds High School said the event was an ‘amazing’ initiative.

“It’s great to have an event to educate students interested in the medical workforce,” Rajaswi said.

“It has been very informative and helpful in assisting people to choose the right pathway.

“I found the baby incubator amazing – it was so cool – they put premature babies in the incubator and close it so it’s darker and simulates a mother’s womb.”

Clinical midwifery educator Stephanie Bishop introduces students to midwifery

Vanessa Chan, also from The Ponds High School said the stalls were helpful.

“It was great that there were individual stalls so you can focus on various areas in depth.”

Event organiser and nurse educator Carrie Alvaro thanked participating departments involved in the event.

Medical student Danny Deng shares his insights.

“The evaluations from all students indicated that they thoroughly enjoyed the day,” Carrie said.

“Most notably, the evaluations also noted how friendly the staff were.”

“The WSLHD nursing, midwifery and allied education network would sincerely like to thank all participating departments for giving up their time to support the event and promote careers in health.”