Working in aged care is “good medicine” for Phoebe Brice’s dream of becoming a doctor.
The Year 12 Gladstone High School student is in the running for a state award, thanks to her traineeship with Laura Hospital.
She hopes to be named School-Based Apprentice of the Year at a gala awards presentation in Adelaide in September in front of hundreds of people.
Trade Schools for the Future’s Harry Moate, of Peterborough, said Phoebe had begun an “adventure” that was hoped to lead to studying a medical degree at university next year.
An affinity for medical care runs in the family – Phoebe’s mother Becara Hands is an enrolled nurse at Burra Hospital and is studying to become a registered nurse.
“She is amazing,” Becara said of her daughter who received a framed nomination certificate from Mr Moate in front of elderly residents at Laura Hospital on Monday, May 8.
“Phoebe often asks me to help her with her study, but I don’t need to guide her very much."
Phoebe said her traineeship had “flowed really well” since she began last year and she enjoyed it.
“I learn about it at night and come in next day and implement what I know,” she said.
She is making rapid progress and will finish her qualification in individual client support work earlier than expected.
“I want to go to the University of Adelaide to take a degree in medicine and surgery,” she said.
“I hope to eventually work in the field of oncology. I am interested in this pursuit because my aunt survived breast cancer after a double mastectomy.”
Mr Moate said Phoebe was a contender to be named School-based Apprentice of the Year, an award from the Training and Skills Commission and State Development Department.
He said her dream of becoming a doctor would help overcome a shortage of indigenous medical practitioners.
Independent Frome MP and Cabinet Minister Geoff Brock, who attended the afternoon tea at the hospital, congratulated Phoebe.
“I am sure you will succeed in life. If you have a dream, you go for it,” he said.