At Marr Mooditj we want our students to be work ready when they finish their training, and we are constantly thinking of innovative ways to make sure that this happens. On the 15th of February we did just this by inviting ‘clients’ to attend our Primary Health Clinic, an important part of the training in clinical skills and working with real clients for our students.
For the second year in a row, students from Clontarf Coodanup campus came to Marr Mooditj to be involved in this project. This year 26 boys aged between 11 and 16 and 3 teachers arrived early in the morning. The older boys had attended last year so they knew the ropes and were able to show leadership with the younger boys.
The Marr Mooditj Primary Health Clinic is set up to simulate a real working clinic. The project required the students to do a clinical assessment on a group of people and then graph and assess the data. To do this the clinic was set up with individual workstations, and each Marr Mooditj student called a one of the visiting students into the room and took them around to each workstation to do separate parts of the assessment.
The boys from Clontarf School’s Coodanup campus allowed our students to measure their blood pressure, pulse, respirations, height, weight, blood sugar levels as well as assess their eye sight and hearing. Marr Mooditj students also discussed mood, nutrition and risk factors such as smoking and drugs with the boys. Individual assessment data was provided to the school for follow up with their medical staff. To ensure that the young men’s confidentiality was maintained no names of ‘clients’ were written on any of the project paperwork.
This activity was a great way for Marr Mooditj students to gain practical experience in a familiar environment. The students learnt the importance of planning and preparation. They also proved to themselves that they have what is required to do the job. The buzz in the room was fantastic. The discussion afterwards was exciting. All in all it was a great morning.