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Linking Logan's young people to health sector jobs

Published: 18 February 2015

Linking Logan's young people to health sector jobs

The Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team is helping connect Logan's young people to future local health sector jobs by supporting the South East Health Pathways Alliance. At its meeting on 6 February 2015, the Leadership Team agreed to provide $2,000 to the Alliance to fund additional medical equipment to help engage with students from 25 Logan City schools. The equipment is used for regular two-day industry experience days aimed at students aged 15 to 18 years.

The Alliance aims to educate young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 (and their teachers) about alternative pathways to employment in the health sector.

The health sector is the second highest employer in Logan and set to grow exponentially in coming years, however, only three percent of students aged between 15 and 19 years are currently undertaking health-related education or vocational training.

South East Health Pathways Alliance Project Manager Barry Dowling said one in four jobs would be created in the health sector over the next two decades.

"It's critical that we take action now to inspire and educate our young people to look at the health industry as a wonderful opportunity for what could be a life-long career," Mr Dowling said.

"The Alliance has created a world class school-to-work transition program that provides hands-on industry experiences, training and employment opportunities for students in the Logan region, linking in with Logan Hospital, Metro South Health, other local health care providers and Logan Tafe.

"The program involves career talks at schools, Health Inspiration days and connecting students to school-based vocational training linked to the health sector. The Alliance is also working on developing a work experience program and a school-based trainee program in Logan Hospital."

The $2,000 provided by the Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team will pay for equipment including blood pressure monitors, oximeters, blood glucose monitors, stethoscopes, digital thermometers and used for the Health Inspiration days.

Mr Dowling's position is funded through the (former) Department of Education, Training and Employment. 

Official South East Health Pathways Alliance partners: Queensland Government, Regional Development Australia, Logan City Council, Tafe Queensland, Busy at Work, Lutheran Community Care, Beacon.