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Posted in General Term 2 Health Science Fono

Date: 11 June 2019



Term 2 Health Science Fono

The second Health Science Academy Fono took place last week in the school staffroom.

Mr Malcolm Andrews, Health Science Coordinator Waitemata District Health Board, welcomed students, parents and staff to the evening. Malcolm who has been a great supporter of OHS and the programme for many years, is moving on to a new position. We would like to take this opportunity to wish him well and thank him for the time and energy he has given our students. Malcolm’s enthusiasm and backing of both students and teachers has been greatly appreciated. Malcolm thanked Mr Bruce Levi, General Manager Pacific Health (WDHB/ADHB) for attending the fono.

Mrs Michelle Heather, Associate Principal, gave a warm welcome to students, families and guests and thanked them for their support of our young people. Mrs Heather thanked the DHB for their continued support of this very successful programme.

OHS programme director, Dr Jacek Krzy┼╝osiak, aided by students gave an overview of the conferences and camps that students at each year level had been involved in. It was clear that at each level students are given many opportunities to learn about some of the more than 87 careers there are in our hospitals. Year 11 students had been to a Careers Day at North Shore Hospital where they had met clinicians and learnt about what they did each day. Students in the programme meet other students from different schools and share their stories and motivations. Year 13 students attended a  “Fit for Purpose Camp” where they were given advice from a GP about getting into Med school. They learnt about the Maori and Pacific Admission Scheme and were urged to be determined and work hard toward their goals.

The guest speaker Dr Radilaite Cammock,  Lecturer, Programme Leader Postgraduate Public Health, gave a fascinating address on her journey from arriving from Fiji as a 9 year old to attaining her current position. Dr Cammock’s parents wanted her to be a medical doctor like her sister but her journey was to be different. While doing a science degree Dr Cammock took a health policy paper and there she found her passion. Dr Cammock’s work in public health research has helped formulate policy that helps many people. Her advice to students was to ‘know who you are, to know what motivates you, to have options and above all to work hard’.

Dr Krzyzosiak, encouraged Year 12 and 13  students to apply to the Rangatahi Programme which offers:

  • Insight into what the health workplace looks like, and what a health career entails
  • A 7-hour Introductory Day at Auckland Hospital
  • A Workplace Experience Week at Auckland Hospital
  • Support right through to graduation from tertiary study and into the health workplace.

All academy students and their whanau are encouraged to attend the next fono on August 15th.


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