Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010
From Melbourne to Mt Isa – student’s country placement a huge success.
La Trobe university student Ms Katherine Sanchez (right) says getting a country work experience placement through the new Brolga Project provided a phenomenal opportunity.
Katherine is studying Speech Pathology and was astounded at the scope of clinical exposure she received while on placement.
“Definitely, it was an extraordinarily positive experience,” Katherine said.
“I had opportunities I simply couldn’t have received in a metropolitan position, being able to work with volumes of indigenous children and also, because of the lack of specialised services in country areas, there’s a greater range of health issues needing to be addressed.”
Katherine also lauded the Brolga Project, a new initiative striving to place metropolitan based university students into regional work experience positions, to encourage them to take up a regional-based career when they’ve completed their study.
“Most of the people I worked with came from metropolitan backgrounds,” Katherine said.
“The Brolga Project gives those of us from metropolitan backgrounds a chance to sample life and work in a regional community and there are definitely plenty of opportunities out there.
“I gave a presentation to the local Chamber of Commerce while on placement, about 20 people were at the meeting and they represented business covering a range of careers including mining, tourism, and local government, all were really excited about the initiative.
“I’d really recommend to anyone who wants to get into something a little more challenging, to get into the project,” Katherine concluded.
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