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On Tuesday 12 June, CCDHB took part in WorkChoice Day 2012 and hosted 100 Year 12 students from across the Wellington Region.
The students were broken up into groups and they travelled around the hospital, meeting staff and experiencing different aspects of working in the hospital. From paramedics to CPR, transit nursing to radiology the students got to see the truly multidisciplinary nature of working in the hospital. Workshops provided practical information and 'hands on' experience about the different professions, coupled with a Human Resource presentation on career planning.
Yesterday’s WorkChoice Day was made possible by the sponsorship of Kia Ora Hauora in collaboration with WorkChoice Trust and Capital and Coast DHB.
Kia Ora Hauora is a Maori health workforce development programme targeted at increasing the health and disability workforce by 1000 new Maori nationally. "We need to develop a workforce that better reflects our population. Research supports that a workforce that represents our population, will better be able to respond to the diverse needs we are required to deal with and better contribute to health outcomes" says Cheryl Goodyer, Capability Manager for the Maori Health Development group.
There was excellent feedback from the schools, with one teacher saying, "The facilitators made our kids feel special and as though they could achieve anything. It has also motivated them to work hard in the science papers."
Currently the Central Region which includes Capital and Coast DHB has over 1000 people registered on the Kia Ora Hauora programme through the website www.kiaorahauora.co.nz., 75% of whom are Maori. The majority are in Year 10 & 11 and events like this strike at an age where the students are considering their options and have time to plan for their career goals.
“Thank you to all who supported and participated and in particular the leadership of Mary Bonner, CEO, for making these events a possibility" says Leigh Andrews, Kia Ora Hauora Regional Co-ordinator.