Narromine and Dubbo Girls Academy students attend Health Career Academy Program

Girls Academy students in Narromine and Dubbo have enjoyed the second stage of the Health Career Academy program.

Seven Year 12 students received a certificate of participation in the course, which started at the School of Rural Health (University of Sydney) in Dubbo with a session on wellness run by Kathryn Naden.

Amber Collins, Amelia Corcoran, Tyrah Hausia, Tamika Melville, Kiara Singh, Tiarnie McBride and Alex Couley went to their local Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative to meet with passionate local Aboriginal woman Dr Amy-Lee Perrin who gave them a tour of the practice and explained the available services.

Dr Perrin shared the story of her journey and really inspired the girls to never give up on their dreams.

The next stop was Dubbo Base Hospital to meet with Lydia Nguyen from pharmacy, physiotherapist Caroline Harland and social worker Joshua Harvey.


The students saw first-hand what their job entails and how they achieve their goals. Everyone was very inspiring and encouraging towards the girls, explaining the career pathways available.

The day finished with a clinical skills session with Raelene Hutchinson and Carmel Quinn - both registered nurses/midwives.

Ms Hutchinson had a mannequin who showed signs of a seizure and taught the girls what to do in case someone is having a seizure.

The group also discussed asthma and how spacers work, and what the body does when you have asthma.

Ms Quinn taught the students about suturing and showed them the different suturing that can be done, and the students got their own suturing kit to practice on foam.

Narromine High Girls Academy student Amber Collins said attending the two stages of the program has given her a better understanding of the careers available in the health field.

"It was very enlightening to be around health professionals that were willing to share their knowledge and health journey with us," she said.

"I'd like to thank the amazing staff from School of Rural Health, University of Sydney, Dubbo Base Hospital, Dubbo Aboriginal Medical Service, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Girls Academy."