Crime Day gives local high school students fun look at Murdoch courses


Murdoch University nursing students attempt to revive the “deceased” School of Law Dean Jürgen Bröhmer during Crime Day.
Murdoch University nursing students attempt to revive the “deceased” School of Law Dean Jürgen Bröhmer during Crime Day.

YEAR 10 students from two Perth schools witnessed the “death” of a Murdoch professor, but thankfully the drama was all in the name of education.

The theatrical murder of School of Law Dean Jürgen Bröhmer kick-started the University’s inaugural Crime Day, conceived to showcase courses, staff and facilities to more than 50 students from Canning Vale College and Iona Presentation College.

After witnessing the demise of Professor Bröhmer, despite the best attempts of nursing students and teachers to revive him, the visiting pupils had an opportunity to try short taster activities in forensic science, nursing, journalism and law.

They then watched the arrest of the alleged perpetrator of the crime, School of Law manager Gail Wescombe.

The pupils will be invited back to the Perth campus to watch Ms Wescombe’s mock trial later in the year.

“Crime Day was a fun and engaging way to present a variety of courses available at Murdoch to school pupils who will soon be making decisions about their future,” Prof Bröhmer said.

“The students were able to find out more about how such a crime would be investigated and dealt with by forensics officers and criminal lawyers.

“They were also given a tour of our incredible nursing simulation suite and gained an insight into how journalists report on such events.”

Crime Day organiser Jaimie Zander, from the School of Law, said she hoped the event would become an annual occasion and that plans for a “bigger and better” crime were already underway.

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