Get a ‘Health Head Start’ – gain valuable skills to start your health career.

Get a ‘Health Head Start’ – gain valuable skills to start your health career.

By Susan Burdett
01 Feb 2017

If you’re interested in a career in health but aren’t sure exactly what you want to specialise in – or if you missed out on your uni place but really want to study something health-related, then the 'Health Head Start' course is just the place to start! Maybe you’re already a volunteer in a healthcare setting - if so, this short course will enable you to formalise and extend your skills.

The 'Health Head Start' course is a great way to gain skills to work in the health industry, qualifying you to work as a professional, compassionate healthcare assistant.

As an entry point to a health career, this course is a great foundation! Health is a growing industry, both regionally and nationally, and there are always opportunities for employment for those who enjoy working with people. 

‘Helping others can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding careers’, said Emma O’Donovan, program coordinator at Wodonga TAFE.

‘We’ve focused the course specifically to ensure graduates gain a diverse set of skills, such as first aid, mental health first aid, basic food safety practices, assisting with client movement, and helping with leisure and health programs. There is a lot of portability with units that are achieved – students end up with nationally recognised units that are useful in other courses as well as everyday community life.’

‘In just 6 months, people can gain the skills they need to work in a hospital or healthcare facility where they will provide assistance with patient care, under the supervision of health professionals.’

‘Students will achieve a qualification, the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115. They can go straight to employment in roles such as an orderly, wards person, ward clerk, patient care assistant, or domestic care worker. They may have responsibilities in food handling and delivery in aged care facilities or hospital kitchens, or they may help with activity programs working directly with clients.’

‘Some of the units studied may also align to students’ long term goals if they want to continue to further study in areas such as allied health, nursing, remedial massage, childcare or aged care.’

Commencing in 2017, the course runs just 2 days each week, from 9am-4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, and will also include some online and self-directed learning elements.

Course information sessions

  • Monday 13 February 2017 12pm, Building B, Room B019
  • Tuesday 14 February 2017 12pm, Building B, Room B019

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Phone 1300 493 154 or email

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