High school students from across the Central West who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander received vital information about opportunities in the health industry yesterday as part of the Aboriginal Careers in Health Expo.
The expo, held at Charles Sturt University, was a chance for students to peruse through a host of stalls offering helpful tips about intriguing pathways into the health industry.
Training Services NSW organised the expo in partnership with Three Rivers Regional Assembly [TRRA] and the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Lands Council [LALC].
TRRA Bathurst delegate Shirley Scott said the expo is primarily targeted at students from years 9 to 12.
"The expo is designed to give students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander the opportunity to think about future pathways, whether it be through university, TAFE, VERTO or Skillset," Ms Scott said.
"We've focused on the health industry as many hospitals are short-staffed regarding nurses and wardspeople, and the shortfall is particularly evident in Indigenous health workers."
Other organisations involved in the expo included the Western NSW Local Health District, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service.
The expo featured a host of guest speakers discussing their experiences as trained professionals.
Ms Scott said the expo will hopefully encourage some of the students to consider a career in the health industry.
"A lot of these students hail from more remote areas, which are in most dire need of adequate health services," she said.
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