Vocational paths from Owen Springs


Blood, bone and food were used at a careers-oriented event for 13 to 18-year-old Owen Springs School students.

It included a visit by qualified and trainee Aboriginal health practitioners, St John Ambulance, and hospitality skills’ practise in a school-based ‘restaurant’.

Principal Joel Hohn said becoming an Aboriginal health practitioner was an employment possibility discussed in the work studies class.

“By providing clinical and primary health care these specialists improve the welfare of Aboriginal people,” he said.

“The seven student attendees learned the duties of the carers, the opportunities offered by the training program, how to become trainees, and the money they could earn.

“St John sparked interest when fake blood and plastic severed limbs were used in a disaster scenario.

“The students were taught first aid practices they can apply in medical emergencies, including snake bites, dehydration, and potential head injuries from car accidents.”

Mr Hohn said operating the restaurant helped develop important life and work skills.

“It’s the first time we have run the restaurant at the school,” he said.

“Previously the students cooked buffet style meals for guests, especially at notable celebrations like NAIDOC Day.

“But the restaurant is very useful in building teamwork, improving communication, promoting organisation, and enhancing literacy and numeracy.

“The students had to welcome guests, organise the menus, take orders, cook meals and serve drinks.

“This isn’t a formal vocational course, but it is an authentic and motivational learning activity that allows students to showcase their hard work.”

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