Date: 17 March 2020
The first health Science Academy Fono was held last week in the staffroom. The evening was run entirely by students and was capably MC’d by Michele Herewini 13Ll and Faith Fineanganofo 12Ll. It was a great success with many students and whanau attending.
The Academy was set up as a DHB initiative to support specifically Pasifika students studying science, with the ultimate goal of significantly increasing numbers in the health professions where Pasifika peoples are currently under represented.
OHS welcomes all ethnicities into the programme, applying for and operating a Health Science Academy that is inclusive in its approach. This model accurately reflects the school’s ethos and best serves its diverse population.
Tuliana Guthrie Programme Manager for the Waitemata District Health Board welcomed students and families. Aihaosea Ahokovi Soane also from the DHB was pleased to report that the programme has been such a success, that it is being expanded into other schools.
The DHB provides students with opportunities to visit hospitals to learn more about the many career options that there are. Students are able to meet and talk with health professionals in areas that may interest them. This provides students with the link between what they are studying in school and the job(s) they may eventually have. They are able to understand the importance of science and the relevance of the work that they are doing in school.
Three former students, Dr Anthony Dewan, who now works for a Maori health provider and is learning te reo Māori, Dr Esther Hausia is an Auckland based GP, and Dr Halo Faiumu, who is moving to Wellington to work in emergency medicine, spoke about their journeys into medicine.
They were all motivated to succeed by the desire to help their families and their communities. Two of them, first did the certificate programme before entering the degree programme and ultimately being accepted into med school. All three remarked, how important the content you learn at school is, in preparing you for the rigours of university. They advised students to work hard and perfect their time management skills.
This was an enjoyable and informative evening. It was a great opportunity for everybody present to get to know each other and learn about the opportunities available to students. If you would like to know more about the Health Science Academy, you can contact Dr Jacek Krzyzosiak, Director of the Academy.
Thank you to all students, families and staff, who attended this evening and a special thank you, to our guests from the DHB and our very impressive former students who gave up their precious time to inspire the next generation of health professionals.
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