Alternative treatments broaden health options

Year 13 Health students have started off their year exploring different health issues such as Breast Cancer and Mental Health (Depression & Anxiety). This links in with their second assessment where they evaluate health practices currently used in New Zealand.

Students have been looking into western scientific medicine, traditional & cultural medicine, and complementary & alternative medicine.

To assist with developing their understanding of some of the many treatments that fall under the health practice of complementary & alternative medicine, Year 13 Health students were involved in a half-day workshop on Wednesday 4 May. Students were able to experience five different treatments – Reiki, Yoga, Mindfulness, Naturopathy/Nutrition and Reflexology, all which can be used alongside other conventional treatments for Breast Cancer and Mental Health.

Many of these treatments our students had no prior knowledge of, so this experience has been highly memorable.