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TAFE NSW helps boost New England's health workforce

TAFE NSW helps boost New England's health workforce

TAFE NSW is helping future-proof New England’s health needs by delivering targeted online health services training to students from Bathurst to Blayney.

According to ABS Labour Force, the Health Care and Social Assistance industry in the New England and North West region will grow by 1,200 jobs over 5 years.

54-year-old Kings Plains local Lisa Worthy is one of many locals choosing to join the booming health industry, having completed the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance online through TAFE Digital.

“After working as an early childhood teacher for 25 years, I was looking for something different. I’ve always had a passion for helping others, so I jumped at the opportunity to study the Certificate and pursue a new career path,” Ms Worthy said.

“Being able to study online gave me much-needed flexibility and after completing work experience at Dudley Private Hospital, I gained a job as an Assistant in Nursing which I am really enjoying.

“Each day I get to help to make a difference in the lives of others, and support nurses as they care for patients with diverse needs. The course gave me useful knowledge in writing reports and implementing health care plans, so I’ve been able to hit the ground running.

“I’ve realised there’s still so much to learn – and am even thinking about studying to become an enrolled nurse.”

TAFE Digital Head Teacher Pooja Thapliyal said more and more students are choosing to study health services courses online, as the industry booms.

“As demand for skilled health workers continues to grow, we’re seeing an influx of students studying courses like the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance online,” Ms Thapliyal said.

“Studying online is self-paced, which provides students like Lisa with the flexibility they need to juggle other priorities while gaining the skills necessary to join the high-growth health industry.

“Our graduates go on to challenging and rewarding careers in the sector, from health service assistants and personal care assistants to nurse’s assistants – the opportunities are endless.”

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