Over the past five weeks, students in the VCE VET Health Services classes have been completing the ‘Assist with Movement’ learning module. This module comprises both theoretical and practical elements in which students acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to help people who need assistance with basic daily movements and activities. Students actively participated in many learning activities to further build on previously learnt skills such as communicating with clients and colleagues and workplace health and safety, while also learning new content related to first aid, infection control, how to analyse and interpret a patient’s movement plan and how to safely execute various movements. Students also learnt how to safely use a variety of mobility aids and devices, including wheelchairs, crutches and walkers, as well as safe falls practices and how to safely move a person. Movements included adjusting positions in bed, transitioning from lying to seated positions, moving from sitting to standing and how to help a patient get up from the floor.
Having gained this theoretical knowledge and practicing in the school classroom environment, we then went to Mayfield Education to complete the practical component of the assessment. Students were exposed to a simulated hospital setup that replicated a real-life environment similar to an aged care, rehabilitation or hospital setting. Students were assessed as they completed various scenarios and role play activities where they pretended to be the health care worker assisting patients. It was fabulous to see our students shine in this real life work setting, and so many competent and compassionate future healthcare workers. Well done to all students involved.
Ms Sarah Relf, Ms Brittany Vella and Ms Rachel Conway