Individual Support Wangaratta, 5pm 17 January


Imagine making a daily difference in the lives of elderly people in your community. Taking care of people. Hearing their stories. If that sounds like you, the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) will give you the start your need right here in Wangaratta.

Here at GOTAFE, our students spend time in real workplaces, working with the elderly, to gain work experience and ultimately ongoing employment. The work can be in-home or residential facilities. This qualification can lead to a range of different jobs such as:

  • Personal care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Field officer
  • Nursing assistant
  • Residential care worker

Find out all you need to know about upcoming courses on offer, meet our trainers, view our facilities, and check out our equipment. Register below to attend an upcoming information session in room E121.

Individual Support Wangaratta, 5pm 14 November


Imagine making a daily difference in the lives of elderly people in your community. Taking care of people. Hearing their stories. If that sounds like you, the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) will give you the start your need right here in Wangaratta.

Here at GOTAFE, our students spend time in real workplaces, working with the elderly, to gain work experience and ultimately ongoing employment. The work can be in-home or residential facilities. This qualification can lead to a range of different jobs such as:

  • Personal care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Field officer
  • Nursing assistant
  • Residential care worker

Find out all you need to know about upcoming courses on offer, meet our trainers, view our facilities, and check out our equipment. Register below to attend an upcoming information session in room E121.

Individual Support Benalla, 9 November


Imagine making a daily difference in the lives of elderly people in your community. Taking care of people. Hearing their stories. If that sounds like you, the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) will give you the start your need right here in Benalla.

Here at GOTAFE, our students spend time in real workplaces, working with the elderly, to gain work experience and ultimately ongoing employment. The work can be in home or residential facilities. This qualification can lead to a range of different jobs such as:

  • Personal care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Field officer
  • Nursing assistant
  • Residential care worker

Find out all you need to know about upcoming courses on offer, meet our trainers, view our facilities, and check out our equipment. Register below to attend an upcoming information session in room S3.

Individual Support Benalla, 12 October


Imagine making a daily difference in the lives of elderly people in your community. Taking care of people. Hearing their stories. If that sounds like you, the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) will give you the start your need right here in Benalla.

Here at GOTAFE, our students spend time in real workplaces, working with the elderly, to gain work experience and ultimately ongoing employment. The work can be in home or residential facilities. This qualification can lead to a range of different jobs such as:

  • Personal care assistant
  • Community care worker
  • Field officer
  • Nursing assistant
  • Residential care worker

Find out all you need to know about upcoming courses on offer, meet our trainers, view our facilities, and check out our equipment. Register below to attend an upcoming information session in room S3.

Q&A with Susan Huffer


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.

Award winning nursing student initially daunted by hospital environment


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.”