In late 2016, the Community Services Team joined the Health Department. This is an internal change that will have little impact on courses, however there are a number of benefits to students, including:
• Improved access to clinical laboratory facilities
• Smoother transition to other health programs – particularly Diploma of Nursing
• Consistent approach to teaching and learning for all health courses
Contact our Health and Nursing Team to find out more.
Susan Huffer has recently accepted a new role within GOTAFE, and for those of you that have enjoyed working with Susan within the health sector, don’t worry, she now feels she has more opportunity to work with the community, make regular visits and personally develop business opportunities, so it’s likely you will see more of her than before.
Susan describes her new role:
I have been privileged with an opportunity to strengthen the position of GOTAFE in regional Victoria through industry and community engagement.
I am most excited about exploring new opportunities and growing existing partnerships.
Q: Name two projects that you are keen to talk about?
For the first time, we can now offer Certificate III in Dental Assisting. We are only one of two regional TAFE’s to offer this training outside of Melbourne.
We are also building relationships with local football clubs and will offer tailored workshops on leadership, conflict management, bullying, harassment and fostering cultural diversity.
We hope that through this training we can build their capabilities and create clubs that are inclusive, and accepting of diversity.
I think it is so important to make clubs and sporting organisations safer, more accepting and more cultural inclusive environment for players and their families, committee members and the general community.
Q: Why do you think these roles are so important to GOTAFE and the broader community?
A: These roles are all about engaging with industry and getting the GOTAFE name out there.
Q: What skills do you bring to this role?
A: I have a lot of existing industry contacts. I have worked with so many people over the years as a nurse as well as developing programs as a Team Leader in nursing. There is trust there, people know me and trust me. I can talk to anyone, I am not here to sell, I am here to listen and offer solutions that meet their priorities.
Q: What message do you want to get out there about these roles?
A: I want organisations and individuals to seek out myself and my colleagues. I want people to partner with us because they know we can meet their needs, we are quality, we are local, we are flexible and we want to work with them to help their achieve their training goals.
I am passionate about further developing industry relationships and supporting our partners to achieve their goals.
A series of traumatic family events prompted Belinda Howes to enhance her skills within the health industry.
After working in Disability Services for a number of years Belinda wanted to up-skill and decided to enrol in the Diploma of Nursing with GOTAFE.
Belinda successfully completed her Diploma in 2016 and was also the recipient of a GOTAFE Nursing Award in 2015. Belinda said that even though she achieved her goals and has been recognised as an outstanding student she still was still apprehensive about starting study again.
“I was really nervous,” she said. “I had my doubts that I wasn’t smart enough at the start of the course and I found the hospital environment intimidating but once I completed the Anatomy and Physiology components of the course I felt more confident and found GOTAFE extremely supporting. The teachers were especially welcoming, supportive and helped keep me on track.”
Belinda went on to say that she loved the course and that undertaking her practical placement was a highlight of her studies. “The diploma was fantastic, I learnt a lot and made lifelong friendships. Placement was definitely the best part of the course, it brought it all together and being able to work with patients really helped solidify the knowledge we had learnt in class.”
Belinda completed numerous placements that included acute and aged care in Mansfield, the medical ward and direct nursing at Wangaratta North East Health as well as hours at Albury Base Hospital.
Belinda would like to undertake more study, specifically courses that focus on diabetes education, emergency care and management. She would also like to complete her registered nurse qualifications then pathway into University.
Belinda also shared her advice to anyone else contemplating a career in the health industry. “Do it, start your studies with GOTAFE, it will be well worth it.”
“If you work hard you will be rewarded and there is always a support network, your trainers and classmates are there to help you.”
Debra started the Diploma of Nursing with GOTAFE in July 2014 after deciding she wanted to up-skill from Certificate IV in Aged Care.
GOTAFE Trainer Catherine Conrick was very complimentary about Debra who continued to work in the Aged Care environment whilst completing her studies part-time.
“Debra’s career goal was to complete her B Nursing and she has already completed pre-enrolment at La Trobe University,” said Catherine.
“Debra’s assignment work was a consistently high standard throughout the course and her attendance record was been exemplary. No matter what else has been going on in her life, her commitment to her studies and her goals has always been a priority.”
“She actively role models professionalism.”She carried that professionalism into her placement work where the feedback we received from her clinical placement co-ordinators reflected her interactions with peers and teachers in the classroom.”
“They all commented that Debra has excellent communication and interpersonal skills with both staff and clients/patients. They also went on to say that she demonstrated excellent practical skills both in placement and in the simulated environment, she also possess an excellent understanding of professional and ethical nursing in her skills and competencies.”
“I wish Debra the best of luck in her future career, it has been a joy to watch her grow and excel.”
Above: Debra pictured during December 2016 at the ANMF Awards Night held in Melbourne.
Telehealth utilises advanced telecommunication technologies to exchange health information and provide health care services across geographic, time, social and cultural barriers. Essentially you can speak with a health professional via a teleconference facility available at health services where a doctor may not usually be available. Telehealth replaces travel!
Specifically what is GOTAFE doing with Telehealth?
- GOTAFE has purchased six video conferencing enabled prac carts giving Diploma of Nursing students practical experience with the technology.
- GOTAFE have also joined Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA)
- GOTAFE presented at the Rural and Regional Clinical Education Benchmarking (REdBark) forum in conjunction with North East Health on the implementation of the digital health care environment.
- GOTAFE endorses the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Standards for Practice specifically competency in the safe use of healthcare technology.
GOTAFE graduate Loretta King is a public face of a new campaign showing how ‘TAFE will take you there’.
Loretta studied a beauty course at GOTAFE while completing her VCAL at school. She went from head make-up artist for her high school production to retail manager for a leading make-up brand. Loretta now runs her own freelance make-up business, and has film sets in her sights.
Loretta said, “Studying at GOTAFE gave me a head start in my career as I was able to complete my Certificate III in Beauty while doing VCAL in Year 12. My trainers were great. I was always asking questions and they were always happy to answer. I really enjoyed the hands-on work and the creative elements. I didn’t just have my head in a book.”
From today, Loretta’s story, and those of graduates from Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities, will show how quality training at a trusted TAFE can be the key to a great career.
The ‘TAFE will take you there’ campaign brings together Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities under a new united TAFE Victoria brand.
Victoria’s 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities will remain individual institutions, but the new brand gives them a strong collective voice as the centre of the government-funded training system.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney states, “The Victorian Government is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into TAFE. That’s why we’re endorsing a collective brand of providers – showing the community TAFE can take you anywhere. TAFE isn’t just changing the lives of everyday Victorians – it’s also making sure industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
It’ll help TAFEs promote the hundreds of high-quality, industry linked courses on offer and will show students and industry that TAFEs are government-backed providers, each with their own unique expertise and specialisation.
The new tafe.vic.gov.au website, also launched today, will feature every TAFE course offered by TAFEs and dual-sector university in Victoria.
The TAFE year officially begins this week, with thousands of students preparing to boost their skills at GOTAFE.
GOTAFE offers hundreds of nationally recognised courses for students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, explained GOTAFE Executive Manager for Strategy and Commercial Development, Ken McLennan.
“Our student cohort is extremely diverse, from Year 12 graduates and job seekers to current school students, parents and even grandparents. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone, to a year of new opportunities,” said Mr McLennan.
“This Wednesday, over 830 Year 10, VCAL and VCE students will begin their Vocational Education and Training in School (VET in School) Program across our four main Campuses, plus students studying online from around the state.”
The GOTAFE VET in School Program provides secondary school students with the opportunity to complete a nationally accredited and industry recognised qualification while still at secondary school.
“Students complete Year 10, VCAL or VCE and a VETiS Certificate at the same time, giving them greater opportunities for further study or work and a greater understanding of the field they are interested in.”
“GOTAFE is dedicated to providing regional students with access to unique programs, facilities and pathways to university. We have recently introduced a new Apprenticeship in Surf Craft Manufacturing and have a number of exciting new programs in the pipeline that will be announced shortly,” said Mr McLennan.
GOTAFE delivers flexible programs and enjoys a number of partnerships with some of Victoria’s largest Universities including University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Victoria University and La Trobe University and even shares facilities with regional Institutions such as Charles Sturt University and Federation University. These partnerships enable GOTAFE students to receive credit towards further study, providing students with an alternative to direct entry into universities.
There is still time to enrol in courses for 2017, with many courses taking enrolments mid-year and rolling enrolments all year. For a full list of available courses visit gotafe.vic.edu.au or phone 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233).