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Date: 28 February 2019



Health Science Academy Fono

The first Health Science Academy (HSA) Fono for the year, was held for academy students and their families last week.

The Health Science Academy is a DHB funded programme aimed at increasing participation of OHS graduates in health related careers. Students in the programme take two lines of science, which they will need to get into most health related courses and careers.

Academy director Dr Jacek Krzyzosiak, welcomed students, their families and guest speakers to the school. Mr Malcolm Andrews, Health Science Coordinator Waitemata District Health Board, explained how important the partnership between the DHBs, schools and families was to the success of students.

Students in the academy are given many opportunities to find out about the health related careers that may interest them. Hospital visits, career exposure sessions, leadership and cultural courses and camps are designed to help students to discover their ‘WHY’. Knowing who you are and what you want to achieve is important so that students are learning with a purpose.

Guest speaker and OHS alumnus, former Chief Psychiatrist and Director of Clinical Services for Mental Health for ACT, Australia, Dr Peter Norrie spoke of his journey to choose medicine and subsequently Psychiatry. He spoke of the importance of building relationships with patients so that they trust you enough to tell you the truth. He explained that there are hundreds of different careers in the health sector and how important working in a team with professionals from other disciplines is to achieve the very best outcomes for patients. We would like to particularly thank Dr Norrie for once again giving up his valuable time to inform and inspire our students.

The evening ended with the sharing of a delicious supper.

We look forward to meeting you all at the Fono next term.


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