Students making a difference at CM Health
Media release 12 December 2018 | A group of University of Auckland Bachelor of Science students who recently completed their community placement in Counties Manukau Health had the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of people living in Counties Manukau.
“To come here and really be given the opportunity to work in the community, given the responsibility to work at the forefront; I never expected that, I never expected to do what I’ve done and to actually do something that is going to make a difference as a student”, says Ella May.
The students produced a comprehensive directory of wellness programmes available in the Counties Manukau region, which can be delivered in community settings, at no or very low cost, at times to suit families and individuals with full time work commitments.
According to student Josh Green, “the directory can help improve the accessibility of wellness programmes for everyone in the community’.
Lubna Azam believes this was a great opportunity for her. “It opened many doors for me in terms of learning new skills, communicating with different organisations within our community, talking to different people.”
CM Health Primary Care project manager Kaye Dennison is impressed with the effort put in by the students.
“We are grateful to the students for all their hard work to develop this resource that aims to make a difference for our community. We are planning to evaluate the use of this directory in 2019 with another group of university students on community placement,” she says.
The directory will be available online in February next year.
Issued by: Counties Manukau Health Communications
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