Having been in the planning since 2019 and cancelled twice due to COVID-19, 67 students from Lake Windemere B-7 School, Elizabeth Downs PS and Mark Oliphant College were finally able to visit Lyell McEwin Hospital over three exciting days in the September school holidays. The students learned valuable hands-on skills at the following workshops:
The workshop presenters also shared their individual stories with the students, explaining what had motivated them to follow their career path and also answered the students’ questions. Students were also able to learn from a helicopter-based emergency doctor, an infectious disease specialist, an infection control nurse and the engineering technician based in the simulation ward.
Following the workshops, Lake Windemere and MOC students were able to demonstrate their learning by creating their own drama-based presentations. Elizabeth Downs students participated in fitness activities and demonstrated their effects by monitoring their own heart rate using the equipment and skills they had used earlier.
The students, who all gained valuable skills, had fun and added 5 hours of learning to their CU Passports to Learning, had the following to say:
Delilah ‘This isn’t work, this is fun!’
Melica ‘I enjoyed doing the CPR today.’
Jemma ‘It was really fun today. I think I learned a lot about helping people and how I can use that in the future.’
Jethro ‘I think today was really good, because I tested stuff and now I know how to help someone if I ever find someone in need’.
Merrilyn ‘I didn’t know there was so much bacteria in your hands!’
Riley ‘I enjoyed the simulation ward’.
Thanks to all the presenters and the team at the University of Adelaide Simulation Centre, Lyell McEwin Hospital, for making this possible.