Hospital tour sets Jontee on path to future career

HELPING OTHERS: Emmaus College Year 11 student Jontee McDougall is taking advantage of the new allied health class to pursue her dream of becoming an occupational therapist. INSET: Jontee McDougall uses a walk belt to assist Hannah Hebron during an exercise in class.
HELPING OTHERS: Emmaus College Year 11 student Jontee McDougall is taking advantage of the new allied health class to pursue her dream of becoming an occupational therapist. INSET: Jontee McDougall uses a walk belt to assist Hannah Hebron during an exercise in class. Sharyn Oneill Rokshealth

A TOUR of Rockhampton Hospital in Year 10 was enough to spark Jontee McDougall's passion for helping people.

Now in Year 11, the Emmaus College student is on track to a career in health care.

Jontee is part of the school's new Allied Health class and working towards a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance and gaining real-world experience along the way.

The class was the perfect introduction to the industry for Jontee, who is hoping to become an occupational therapist working with children.

"I just feel like (kids) have so much hope and want to keep working to get better," she said.

Jontee's work experience with Blue Care as part of the subject has been an eye-opening experience.

But it hasn't changed her mind about her future career.

During the work experience Jontee helped care for patients who had suffered strokes or broken bones after a fall.

"It was great to see them improve and want to get better and improve," she said.

"I'm looking forward to doing more placements and helping more people."

Teacher Margaret Dowling said she was proud of how her students interacted with their elderly patients during work experience.

"When they started they didn't know what they were in for," Margaret said.

"They have gained confidence and I think the first work placement has helped them improve."

Margaret said the practical experience was vital to the Allied Health class, as theory alone wouldn't fully prepare students for a future in the industry.

And there are plenty of benefits for the patients as well.

Margaret said many of the elderly patients appreciated interacting with the young, enthusiastic students.

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