Students instantly felt happy when Bailey came into the classroom
The Year 10 and 11 VET Allied Health class has been learning about different jobs available in the Allied Health industry, and talking about many ways these people help to support their patients and clients. We've also been talking about personal wellbeing and ensuring we look after our own health, both at work and at home.
This week, we had a visit from Bailey, a behaviour support animal, Mel, his handler and Ella, a social worker. We learnt about the different ways Bailey helps to support people's wellbeing in the various places he visits - schools, workplaces, aged care homes, etc. Mel explained that Bailey might help students in schools suffering from anxiety or trauma, or a patient who's getting a blood test to be calm during their procedure, or just help to alleviate the stress of someone who might have had a difficult shift at work - like a paramedic after working at a road traffic accident.
Students instantly felt happy when Bailey came into the classroom, and even more so when they were able to pat or feed him treats. Mel explained that this is because of the feel good hormone that is released when we pat dogs. It was a great opportunity to see first hand one of the ways Allied Healthcare is provided in one of the many different settings that students might go on to work in, in the future.
Year Level Leader (Year 11)
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