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Healthy career: At the launch of Chanel College’s new career support program are (back from left) Kyra-Lee Sweeney, Nursing Gladstone Mater Hospital acting director Deb Wright, Mercy Sister Marie Duffy, Peter Comerford and Taryn McDermid; and (front) Dawson Frost and Lachlan Silver.

Healthy career: At the launch of Chanel College’s new career support program are (back from left) Kyra-Lee Sweeney, Nursing Gladstone Mater Hospital acting director Deb Wright, Mercy Sister Marie Duffy, Peter Comerford and Taryn McDermid; and (front) Dawson Frost and Lachlan Silver.

GLADSTONE’S Chanel College students seeking careers in the health industry now have a head start thanks to an alliance between the college and Mercy Health and Aged Care, Central Queensland.

This follows the launch of a new career support program.

Initially available to all Year 9 students at the college, different aspects of the program will later be rolled out through Years 10, 11 and 12.

The program was recently launched by Mater Misericordiae Hospital Rockhampton’s executive officer Peter Comerford and Mercy Sister Marie Duffy.

Sr Duffy is executive officer for Mission Integration, Mercy Health and Aged Care, Central Queensland.

Chanel College assistant principal Curriculum Lorraine Johnson said the school was “excited to be partnering with Mercy Health and Aged Care, Central Queensland”.

“We are very grateful for the time they are dedicating to ensure that this project is a success,” she said.

“I have been meeting and working on this project for about eight months and would also like to acknowledge the support of careers officer Jaye Mellor and our principal Sharon Volp.

“This project will give our students an exclusive insight and support for career pathways in the Gladstone region.”

Career Cafes at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital Gladstone will be the next part of the program.

The cafes aim to engage students in interactive, hands-on activities. A tour of the Gladstone Mater Hospital is also planned.

Later this year, Chanel College Year 9 students will have the opportunity to travel to Rockhampton to explore careers in aged care with Mercy Health and Aged Care at its Rockhampton facilities.

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