Health Services Assistance – it could be your pathway to a healthcare career

Health Services Assistance – it could be your pathway to a healthcare career

By Susan Burdett
09 Nov 2017

Health Services Assistance

The Certificate III in Health Services Assistance is a great introduction to the world of health and community services, and to studying at TAFE. If you just want to gain some extra skills, or you are thinking you might like to come to TAFE but aren’t sure of what you want to really do, this course is a good place to start.

The Health Services Assistance qualification is perfect to help you find your pathway if you are not certain of the direction you want to go in the health industry. Or, if you are changing career direction, or returning to study, then Certificate III in Health Services Assistance can give you that extra certificate and some useful certifications as extras to start you on your way. As part of the course you will also gain certificates in First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, and Food Handling – extra tickets that are useful in everyday life.

The course commencing in February 2018 will also include basic computer skills. Community Services and Health teacher, Mrs Rosemary Bartel, who is the contact for the course, said that including computer skills in the course meant that if you come to TAFE with no computer experience you are able to gain new skills in computing, from the basics of turning on a computer and learning simple office programs, to learning how to use the online student learning platform.

“The course is set up over two days per week, for just six months, with no placement requirements. The course does include industry excursions to venues such as Albury Wodonga Health, and The Willows Aged Care, where you can gain an inside look at these health facilities”, said Mrs Bartel.

Mrs Bartel also explained that completion of Certificate III in Health Services Assistance can provide credits into other health or community services-related courses. “As well as gaining credits towards courses such as Individual Support, students gain underpinning knowledge so they are more prepared for the challenges of other health courses at a higher level, such as Nursing.”

Wodonga TAFE student Belle Freake completed the Health Services Assistance course earlier this year, and said she had looked at the course as providing her with an overview of the health sector, and to see if returning to study would work for her. “I hadn’t studied for a long time – this allowed me to get my head back into the game, before thinking about further study. This course really gave me a sense of direction – and helped me prioritise my time with juggling work, family and study”, said Belle.

Belle went on to say that completing the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance had given her the confidence to move forward with her next goal, which was to apply for the Diploma of Nursing. “It provided me with valuable insight to use as a platform to another course – I was successful in my application and I’m now studying the Diploma of Nursing. And other students in the same course went on to Individual Support or Allied Health courses.”

So, find out more about the Health Services Assistance course, and take the opportunity to find out where it can take you!