Latest News 11 October 2019 | Auckland University students explored several health disciplines, and learned how to intubate a mannequin named Bob, during a recent tour of Middlemore Hospital.
About 60 Health Science Certificate students, studying through the Maaori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS) visited nine departments to learn about various different healthcare roles.
Participating departments were: Anaesthetic Technicians, the Play Specialist Service, Population Health teams, Acute Allied Physiotherapy, Tiaho Mai Mental Health Unit, Ophthalmology and Diabetes Retinal Screening, Cardiac Investigation Unit, the Laboratory, and Pharmacy.
Anaesthetic Technician Alex Fatu took a several groups of students through the basics of airway management and patient monitoring with the help of mannequins “Bob” and “John”.
Mr Fatu has been speaking to young people about being an Anaesthetic Technicians for six years.
I like to get a bit of awareness out there about who we are and what we do,” says Mr Fatu, adding that he is keen to see the health workforce in Counties Manukau better reflect the population.
As well as the department tours, the students also experienced a panel discussion with four health professionals and heard from a former MAPAS student who is now a fourth year medical student.
MAPAS is a University of Auckland initiative designed to increase the number of Maaori and Pacific health professionals. It provides academic and pastoral support for students.