Maddeson's Go Rural NT Trip!
Earlier in the year I was selected for the opportunity to travel to the Northern Territory in a team of 7 other students from varying health disciplines to promote potential careers in health to prospective high school students. This basically entailed travelling a total of 1500km throughout the top end region to 13 different schools a running 1-2 workshops in each (with a little bit of fun and sight seeing along the way ;))
The workshops focused on explaining each of our journeys to university and breaking down the barriers that some students may perceive could restrict their tertiary education as well as running workshops related to each of our different disciplines in an aim to spark an interest in different fields.
The NT PHN Rural High School Visits will forever be regarded as one of the most rewarding and down right awesome experiences I have ever had. There was no greater reward than explaining to the kids the opportunities, pathways, money and support available to them at university and then see their faces immediately relax and enthusiasm for university to spark as they asked more and more questions and progressively got more excited about the prospect of going there. That was the aim of the program as well as my own personal aim and it was greatly achieved, stipulated in the glowing reviews from all the kids all wishing we could have stayed longer.
I wouldn’t have been able to deliver such an engaging and inspiring workshop and presentation without the kind donation of resources from my rural health club, NERCHA as well as the UNE marketing department. Both have played an imperative role in the success of this program and on behalf of myself as well as NT PHN I cannot thank you enough.
I would strongly recommend this program to other students who are a part of NERCHA at UNE. It is an extremely rewarding program and I have made friends and memories for life. There are multiple programs run each year so keep updated on the NERCHA as well as NT PHN websites.