Objective: The main aim of this pilot program was to raise secondary students' awareness of university studies and careers in the health sciences through a three-day program. Further aims of the program were to increase the participants' knowledge of health issues through group activities, and provide an opportunity to interact with university staff and health professionals. Design: The participants were surveyed at the conclusion of the program using an online questionnaire (30 items) consisting of both open and closed questions. Setting: The program and evaluation were carried out at a regional campus of a metropolitan-based university during the mid-year vacation. Participants: Fourteen Year 10 students (11 female, 3 male; 5 from government schools, 9 from a non-government school) from a regional city completed the evaluation. Main outcome measures: Satisfaction with the program, increased awareness of pathways into university, and changes in attitude about university as a career option. Results: The evaluation revealed that the participants had had a pleasant learning experience, which had led them to feel positive about university studies in general and as an option for themselves. They made useful suggestions for improvements. Conclusion: The evaluation of the effectiveness of the program showed that it had achieved its objectives. It also provided the program organisers with insights regarding timing and activities, which will be useful in improving future programs targeting secondary students.
- Health occupation
- Rural population