The inaugural UWA Health Campus Open Day was held on Sunday 8 April. More than 1000 potential students, staff and alumni explored the teaching and research facilities and learned about the many health courses on offer.
Potential students of all ages heard about the UWA undergraduate courses and Direct Pathways to postgraduate professional degree programs in health. The venues were packed showing the great interest of students in studying dentistry, medicine, podiatric medicine and pharmacy.
For the first time attendees could explore the facilities on the UWA Health Campus, including the J. Robin Warren Library and Oral Health Centre of WA (OHCWA). They participated in virtual classes in the state-of-the-art eLearning Suites, explored genetic testing in the DNA sequencing laboratories and saw how disease affects the body in the Hadley Pathology Museum in the Pathology Education and Learning Centre.
Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a number of interactive activities and see health science in “action”. They digitally scanned teeth with our latest intra-oral scanners and used virtual reality headsets to see how UV rays and cigarette smoke cause cancer. They also had the chance to levitate a ball via brain-scanning headsets, participate in a quiz to align famous people with the disease they died from, and tissue staining to see bacteria glow in the dark.
The course information hub was a popular spot for prospective students to obtain further information from UWA staff about specific courses and the admissions process. Current UWA students were on hand and readily gave their own story of the experiences they are having studying health programs. Alumni as well as students and staff gave their time freely to assist the visitors around the UWA Health Campus.
The campus came alive with music from EMAS, wheelchair basketball, UWA Sport’s larger than life blow up dart board, and delicious food from a number of food trucks.
Feedback so far from both attendees and volunteers has been extremely positive, particularly on the professionalism of the event.
Professor Wendy Erber, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences said, “What a wonderful day. The inaugural UWA Health Campus Open Day has been a great success and fantastic to be part of. Prospective students have really valued the opportunity to see our Health Campus and take part in activities to see what life would be like as a health student at UWA.”
“Thank you to everyone across the university who volunteered their time to make the day a success. I look forward to seeing how we can grow on our learnings for future events.”
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