Science careers put under the microscope

Students discuss a future in science as the simulation team works on a `patient’.

A world without science is a world without hope. The Westmead precinct partners are mindful to ensure science plays an increasing role in the careers of future generations.

The University of Sydney Career Day at Westmead organised by senior science communicator, Dr Pearl Lee, welcomed 40 Year 10 students from Parramatta High School to gain an insight into the scientific world of health, research and technology.

Part of the agenda for students included a visit to the prototype rooms where they were welcomed by Westmead Redevelopment project director Carla Edwards before being broken into groups and led through two simulated life-saving exercises by Westmead’s simulation team.

Students watched intently as the team - comprising staff from the emergency department, intensive care services and cardiology – worked on a manikin in a simulated drug overdose situation before the teenagers were asked to take over the life-saving procedure.

Taken through the basic life support process, students administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to keep their “patients” breathing as clinical specialists ensured the correct pressure and timing of chest compressions.

“We’re appreciative of our link to the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science Partner Engagement and Outreach activities,” Parramatta High School careers adviser Michelle Ibrahim said.

“It’s important for our students to think about careers in science through STEM education (science, technology, engineering and maths).

“Our association with the university has certainly been a rewarding one.”

Dr Lee said the prototype room simulations provided the perfect career day launchpad for the Parramatta students.

“The students absolutely loved the experience of seeing the emergency department in action,” Dr Lee said. “I’d like to thank the Westmead clinicians for their time and expertise in being a part of this activity.”


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