The region’s health and wellbeing sector is forecast to grow over the
next two years and TAFE NSW Goulburn has new courses to train the
workforce of the future.
With the expansion of Goulburn and Cooma hospitals and an ageing
population in the region, TAFE NSW has introduced Certificate IV in
Mental Health and the Certificate IV in Disability this year.
The accessibility of the courses in Goulburn was good news for
Headspace Goulburn Services Manager Gail Davies who is very aware of
the demand for people with skills in mental health and other forms of counselling.
“I am hopeful that if locals complete the Certificate IV in Mental
Health, it will increase our opportunity to employ more staff,” she said.
“There is a strong demand in this region for people with mental
health training. Counselling qualifications are not enough, our
employees need that mental health training too.
“The mental health course can be a major career stepping stone to
specialise in different client groups including; youth, drug and
alcohol, domestic violence, homelessness, aged care, and people on
Ms Davies said the first step was to gain the foundation skills
through the TAFE NSW course.
“Sadly no community is isolated from this need for mental health
support. There is a massive need in every community for trained people
with this skillset.”
While the qualifications target job opportunities in the health
sector, it is likely the qualifications could lead to job
opportunities in the TAFE NSW teaching sector.
If the demand for qualified health care workers continues to grow,
the demand for more training and therefore teachers will increase.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Mental Health Ashleigh Ellis said the
courses were “a real grass-roots response to the enormous need in the region.”
She said the courses will be delivered by TAFE NSW teachers who work
directly with industry and will combine face-to-face classroom work
with online delivery via TAFE Digital connected classrooms
“Students and teachers will be involved in local projects and
industry for students to gain real practical skills and experience
while broadening their networks,” Ms Ellis said.
Also available at TAFE NSW Goulburn for the first time in semester
one is the Certificate IV in Disability. Graduates of the Certificate
IV in Disability will hold a nationally-recognised qualification to
support and empower people with disabilities to achieve greater levels
For more information about the new semester one courses on offer at
TAFE NSW Goulburn phone 131 601 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.
Media contact: Adam Wright, TAFE NSW Media Officer, (02) 4421 9895,
mobile 0466 375 552.