THIS year's Health Careers Forum at the University of Newcastle's Manning Education Centre has given many students from around the Mid-North Coast the push they needed to aim for a career in the health industry.
These forums have been running for the last few years and allow students to see first hand what the university course is like in a number of different health areas.
Wednesday's forum included focus areas for medicine, midwifery, speech pathology, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, pharmacy, nursing, radiography and occupational therapy.
There were 260 students at the forum from 19 schools across the Mid-North Coast and each had the opportunity to visit three chosen areas at the end of the session for practical training using mannequins of all different sizes and other medical equipment where illnesses and injuries were simulated including a woman giving birth.
Current Newcastle University students from each of the courses involved were on hand to offer advice and share their own experiences with the high schoolers, assisted by university educators, most of whom are still practicing in their field.