Practice, Policy and Law: A Workshop to Promote Environmental Health as a Career Option to Secondary School Students: Does it Work?

Sahu, Asmiaty, Bartholomaeus, Pam, Aldous, Carol and Ross, Kirstin (2009) Practice, Policy and Law: A Workshop to Promote Environmental Health as a Career Option to Secondary School Students: Does it Work? Environmental Health, 9 (3). pp. 51-64. ISSN 1832-3367

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Abstract

There is a shortage of environmental health practitioners in Australia. As part of a wider response by local and state governments and Environmental Health Australia (formerly The Australian Institute of Environmental Health), we developed a workshop to promote environmental health as a career choice to secondary school students, and then evaluated its success in terms of student engagement to determine whether it provided an appropriate forum for promoting the environmental health profession. We found that most students were engaged, but that there was a strong gender bias, with female students enjoying the workshop more, and also being more likely to consider environmental health as a career than male students. this suggests that the value of the workshop might have limits in addressing the current problem of a highly feminised environmental health workforce. However, it is possible that the gender bias was a result of our assessment methodology. Notwithstanding, our results suggest that the workshop provides a valuable forum for environmental health practitioners to engage with secondary school students; a method that has been shown elsewhere to be a primary determinate in choosing to study environmental health.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Environmental Health; Career Choice; Promotion; Education
Field of Research: 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 03:16
Last Modified: 19 May 2011 03:16
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/230

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