What is the Health and Wellbeing Collaboration?
The Health And Wellbeing Collaboration is a volunteer program which is an integral and innovative approach to the education of our future health care workforce. Our collaborators, or HAWCs, are children and their families who volunteer to allow our students to visit them periodically in order to learn about paediatric health conditions. Any child with a health condition can be a HAWC.
The program has several purposes:
- We aim to impart a person-centred approach to healthcare which is best taught through experiencing healthcare from different perspectives. Through this program students will have the opportunity to observe healthcare in action and follow children with a health condition and their family as they navigate the healthcare system.
- In addition, the opportunity for students to integrate theoretical training with practice with real people in the early stages of their education is an ideal way to ensure a deeper learning experience. Students will observe and practise foundation skills as they learn them in the classroom. These may include interview skills, observation and analysis of movement, basic assessment skills, measurement of activity levels and response to exercise. Students may also track health indicators, health incidents and events.