A neuromedic experience – or mind-controlled technology – proved very popular at Australian Catholic University Ballarat’s open day on Sunday.
The technology allowed visitors to put on a headset and test their stress levels in the event of being the first on scene at a serious accident.
ACU associate director digital strategy Cameron McPherson said the neuromedic game-like experience was a unique way to demonstrate the sort of high-pressure situation paramedics face in their work.
“This is a clever and engaging way to experience the sorts of serious situations people might encounter as paramedics, or as nurses and other specialists,” Mr McPherson said.
“Our students are trained extensively to deal with anything from emergencies to more routine incidents. ACU’s close industry ties and practical experience provide them with essential skills for the workplace.”
ACU Ballarat dean Associate Professor Joe Fleming said the campus focused heavily on education and health sciences but was expanding into new double degrees to provide other avenues for students.
“Depending on the labour market, we’ve got to give students options,” Associate Professor Fleming said.
“It’s been a really great day – it’s looking as good as it’s ever been.”
Associate Professor Fleming said the recently announced double degrees were attracting a lot of interest, similar to the physiotherapy course announced for 2017 which proved very popular at last year’s open day.
They include a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Science.
He also said a brand new Diploma of Educational Studies would provide a “pathway or bridging course” for people wanting to move into further studies.
“We’re expecting an extra 200 to 250 students next year.”
Prospective students could also find out about early entry, overseas study options, including at ACU’s newly opened Rome campus, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and alternative entry.
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