Last week GOTAFE Sport & Recreation students were given a special treat when asked to assist the Collingwood Football Club on their community camp in Wangaratta. Given the workload on the players AFL Victoria’s Zac Guilffoyle approached Sport and Recreation to assist in the drills with Hundreds of primary school children. GOTAFE students worked alongside the Collingwood elite across two days which saw them utilise coaching techniques and strategies taught during their Diploma of Sports Development course. GOTAFE teacher Richard Mallows says that students weren’t daunted by the task and excelled when working together their AFL role models.
In reciprocation for their work students were treated to a Q& A session with four of the players in the classroom at HP Barr Reserve after the Wednesday Morning session. Players Included Shepparton’s own Steele Sidebottom, 2nd year player Tom Phillips, High flying Melbourne recruit Jeremy Howe and former Murray Bushrangers ruckman Max Lynch. The Q & A session was also attended by the football media, which included Fox Sports and Channels Seven, Ten & Nine, who also conducted a press conference at the Barr Reserve. Students gained a valuable insight of the day to day life of an AFL player asking questions that related to fitness, pre-game preparation, psychology, diet and what the players do in their past time. Players also spoke of their own paths to the top level and the demands of the modern game. The evolving Woman’s AFL competition was also discussed, Steele Sidebottom suggesting that it was great for the game in general. Many GOTAFE students commented that how down to earth the players were and stayed around for a casual chat after the activities.
GOTAFE teachers Richard Mallows, Sharlene Wohlers and Lisa Purcell say that the experience was fantastic for students as it gave a rare insight into the preparation of elite athletes and how high profile people handle themselves in the community. The Teachers went on to say that students taught during the Diploma of Sports Development will have a greater understanding of elite sport given this rare opportunity. The opportunity reaffirms the strong links that GOTAFE Sport and Recreation have with industry such as AFL Victoria.
GOTAFE is pleased to offer the Regional Indigenous Skills to Employment (RISE) program that will increase employment outcomes for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community.
GOTAFE currently have nine students completing the program. The program has two parts;
- Work Ready model that provides participants with indigenous mentors, careers advisors and knowledgeable trainers who have worked within industry and know what employers want. Participants will gain experience and work-ready skills.
- The other model is the traineeship, it enables participants to learn on the job two days a week. Trainees can choose from eight different traineeships that can lead to varied careers including Personal Care Worker to Office Administrator and even Grounds Keeper.
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.”
“Her placement co-ordinators all commented that Debra has excellent communication and interpersonal skills with both staff and clients/patients.
“They also said 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.