HELPING WITH HEALTH: Carly Despot, left, and Alana Richards recently joined the local health council which regularly meets at the Gladstone Hospital.
HELPING WITH HEALTH: Carly Despot, left, and Alana Richards recently joined the local health council which regularly meets at the Gladstone Hospital. Chrissy Harris

Youth health perspective

TWO year 12 Gladstone State High School students are getting a head start on their careers and are already making a mark in the community by becoming involved with the local health council committee.

Alana Richards and Carly Despot became involved with the committee three months ago and have been enjoying the experience ever since.

“They presented the idea to us at school and I've always been interested in the community and I just saw it as a really good opportunity,” Miss Despot said.

“It's good to be able to put a young person's perspective on health issues as health is a really important issue,” Miss Richards added.

Within the group, the girls get to give their perspective on many issues and are able to listen to others and gain ideas about health concerns.

“This is such an important group because it receives all different points of views from all ages and no-one is excluded,” Miss Richards said.

The girls said they both believed the group was a great way to make pathways into their future careers.

Miss Despot said she hoped to continue along the medical path.

“I would like to get involved with the community, maybe (as) a nurse or working with the disabled; anything where I can be helping out in the community.”

As for Miss Richards, her career path is leaning towards law, although she said she believed being involved with this group would give her a good overall perspective and help link together other things she wished to do later in life.



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