Entries for Heywire 2015 are now open. Through Heywire young people from rural and regional Australia can share their story in any format: video, audio, song, text or photos.
This year Heywire celebrates 17 years as a powerful platform for the stories and ideas of young regional Australians. Since its inception, over 10,000 young Australians from rural, regional and remote areas have told their stories with candour and creativity. The 2014 winners have again reflected the diversity and experiences of young people growing up in country Australia.
One of the 2014 winning stories comes from Dan O’Brien of Wamuran, Queensland. His story, Becoming a surgeon: my first task was to wash a naked person, tells of his dedication to become a surgeon to help others and the lessons learnt from his school-based traineeship at Caboolture Hospital. It highlights the importance of rural and remote people having the opportunity to study medicine, nursing and allied health professions at university. ‘Grow your own’ is the phrase used to describe how providing special support for students from rural and remote areas can help solve workforce shortages outside metropolitan areas.
Listen to Dan’s story on Becoming a surgeon.
For more information please visit: abc.net.au/heywire or call 1800 262 646.