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Children’s University gets hands-on with health at the Rural Clinical School


Participants in Children’s University Tasmania have been busy learning about different aspects of health during an interactive program hosted by representatives of the Rural Clinical School.

Grade 5 and 6 students from East Devonport Primary spent a morning at the Mersey Community Hospital campus in Latrobe on Friday 20 January, where they dressed up in hats, gloves and masks for an operation activity, shone a special torch to spot germs and understand hand hygiene, while listening to their hearts using stethoscopes.

Co-Director of the Rural Clinical School Dr Lizzi Shires said the hands-on stations in the program were aimed at helping the students learn about health in a fun setting.

“The children were able to learn about some of the important ways of staying healthy. We hope this activity inspires the students to think about healthy living and also future careers in health,” Dr Shires said.

Children’s University Tasmania is an initiative of the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, a partnership between the University of Tasmania and Tasmanian Government in association with the Office of the Governor.

The hospital outing formed part of the Passports to Learning project, in which students collect stamps for participating in activities outside of classroom hours, culminating in a graduation ceremony each year.

Professor Elaine Stratford, Director of the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, said it was exciting to see participants of the program engaging with another section of the University of Tasmania.

“Fun experiences such as the hospital outing can shape the futures of these young people by broadening their perspectives about the diverse number of professional pathways they can pursue by harnessing education,” Professor Stratford said.

Currently, 460 primary and high school students are part of the Children’s University state-wide, with the number expected to grow throughout the year.

Published on: 17 Feb 2017 4:13pm