Health minister drops in on 'future' health workers

21 March 2016

Caption: Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr Jonathan Coleman and Whanganui MP Chester Borrows at Whanganui’s Health Careers Day last Friday.
The close to 100 Whanganui secondary school students who attended the Health Careers Day at Whanganui Hospital last week were surprised and pleased when Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr Jonathan Coleman and local MP Chester Borrows dropped in unexpectedly.
Minister Coleman and Mr Borrows were at Whanganui Hospital for around an hour on Friday morning when they spent more than 20 minutes with the group. Minister Coleman spoke of his background and the experiences he enjoyed as a doctor, including a stint as a flying doctor in Australia.
Whanganui District Health Board hosts the Careers Day in the first half of each year. Close to 100 Year 11, 12 and 13 students from Whanganui Girls College, Wanganui High School, Wanganui Collegiate School, Taihape College, and Cullinane College attended last week. They were also joined by students from UCOL’s Whanganui and Palmerston North campuses.
WDHB human resources and organisational development general manager Hentie Cilliers says the Health Careers Day is all about investing in the future of the Whanganui health sector.
“We want to help students understand the variety of careers available in health and the pathways in which to realise a career as a health professional,” Mr Cilliers says. “We have staff from a range of roles share their experiences with the students and answer questions.
“The students get a really good insight into what they may experience across a variety of roles. Hopefully many are inspired by what they hear and move into health-related training when they finish secondary school.”
“Having the Minister of Health here to speak to the group was a highlight for students. It will be interesting to see if his visit translates into a number of them choosing health as a career.”