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June 12, 2017

Critical Care Nurse Stephanie Vick teacher shows Goulburn Valley Grammar School Stephanie Vick what nursing involves.

Jenayah Carson of Mooroopna Secondary College finds out more about rural health careers.

More than 120 students from the region’s high schools explored the prospect of a career in health recently, as schools banded together in an effort to keep health local.

Students visited Goulburn Valley Health and the University of Melbourne’s Department of Rural Health campuses to discover the opportunities available to study and work in the health industry. Interactive workshops provided the opportunity to discover more about the range of career options available in the health sector, talk with health experts and education leaders about career pathways and explore study options.

Rural Health Careers Day chair Jess Croft said the day was important as it helped students prepare and make decisions for their future.

‘‘They may have health subjects at school, but actually coming in and doing a hands-on workshop with people in that industry who can share knowledge and give them a bit of a taste of what that sort of work may involve is really important in making decisions post-school,’’ Ms Croft said.

‘‘They might have ideas about what they want to do, or they might be thinking more broadly about health and not entirely sure what career, so it’s about opening them up to the variety of careers in health, particularly ones they may not have considered before.’’

In the next 20 years, careers in the health industry are projected to grow by 17.8 per cent, but Ms Croft said there was a huge need for careers in allied health and radiology, particularly in rural and regional areas.

‘‘We have a lot of young people who move away to Bendigo or Melbourne or Geelong, but we need professionals here in the Goulburn Valley, so it’s about encouraging them to consider staying here,’’ Ms Croft said.

‘‘It’s important that students know that they do not have to move away to pursue a career, because there are outstanding educational and career opportunities right here in Shepparton.’’

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