Health and Nursing
With over a million employees nationwide, the community services and health industries underpin the national economy and are central to the well-being and development of Australian communities. As Australia's population grows, and steadily evolves into an 'ageing nation', it is becoming increasingly critical to attract motivated and passionate people to careers within the health and community services sector. In the Goulburn Valley and North-East regions, the Health and Community Services sector has experienced a significant growth period, with many new opportunities for careers in aged care facilities, allied health and hospitals.
Prospective students should attend the course information session, usually held in October/November each year, for more detailed information including enrolment pre-requisites and entry selection criteria where applicable.
The Health Unit at GOTAFE is innovative and flexible in their approach to learning and training, and can customise training solutions to suit the individual and benefit the organisation or facility involved. Training is conducted in conjunction with industry to provide modern and relevant participation in the health industries.
The GOTAFE Health Unit have now worked with a variety of Health facilities in developing customised training programs suited to the individual workplace, with courses held at the facility, or on campus at times suitable for participants. The Unit also has a strong emphasis on Skill Sets, which provides a particular set of skills that may be found across a multitude of different courses.
In 2008 GOTAFE developed a training model, that adapted the traineeship model into a flexible delivery format of training. This has proved to be successful for the facilities and trainees. It is a significant step forward for the Health sector in offering training through a more flexible mode.
A wide range of short courses in complementary areas are also conducted throughout the year including
- First Aid
- IV Therapy
- Medications Prepartory (including Anatomy & Physiology)
- Mental Health
- Nursing Modules
- Medical Terminology
- Venepuncture and ECG
- VETASSESS TESTING
Some of these modules are pre-requisites for entry into other courses. Other areas of study can be arranged and customised to suit a group.
VETASSESS testing - please visit the Vetassess website www.vetassess.com.au and download an application form - ignore the warning that it is too late to enrol - then bring your application form and photo ID (i.e. drivers licence, passport) to the relevant campus. Payment for these applications will be arranged by GOTAFE. Payment will need to made before results can be released.
Students should check with the course coordinator at their nearest campus for details where appropriate. Please talk to GOTAFE's Health Unit if you have specific requirements.
GOTAFE has an enviable record in providing high quality training in the Health field and is recognised for its innovation in this area. In particular, GOTAFE Health have recently been finalists in a number of categories at both the Victorian Training Awards and the Health and Community Industry Training Board Awards for developing innovative modes of delivery for local facilities. This has assisted local hospitals and other health organisations to recruit and keep valuable staff.
Our staff are highly experienced in their chosen field and most have post-graduate qualifications in their specialist area.
Partnerships with the Nursing and Health Industry
The GOTAFE Health Unit maintains strong connections and relationships with key health industry organisations and representatives so all students have access to the most current industry practice, and to educators who have relevant experience and knowledge. These relationships guarantee student clinical placements across the many diverse areas of Health are achieved.
There are currently over 70 facilities that GOTAFE works with, ensuring the GOTAFE Health Unit has become the predominant training provider for the industry in the Goulburn and North East Victorian regions.
Programs can lead to positions such as:
- enrolled nurse
- pathology worker
- allied health assistant
- patient transport officer
- orderly/ward clerk