Around 150 Year 10 Māori and Pacific students from nine South Auckland schools had the opportunity to understand more about allied health professions and the pathways to become an allied health professional last week in the Ko Awatea Centre.
The Allied Health Workforce Expo is part of Counties Manukau Health’s strategy to increase our Māori and Pacific workforce to attend to the diverse needs of our population. “We hope to encourage more young Māori and Pacific students to pursue an allied health career by giving students a better understanding of how to become an allied health professional, what these professionals do, where they can work and how much they can expect to earn,” says Haidee St John, Associate Director Allied Health – Occupational Therapy.
During the event, students had hands-on experience with a range of equipment used in different allied health professions. They had the opportunity to understand the routine of these professionals, what they work with, and to ask questions. “I am thinking about a career in allied health. It’s all very interesting, informative and very practical,” says Aorere College student Ainise Nane.
The expo was also a good chance for staff to pass on their knowledge and experience to a new generation of health professionals. “I enjoy my job and feel happy to be helping students choose a career path whilst also promoting my profession,” says Mari Doss, Professional Leader – Renal Physiology.
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