Dec 06, 2016
Inaugural Mabel Park Health Hub Graduation
On Monday 5 December, 48 high school students were the first students to graduate from the Mabel Park Health Hub.
The ceremony was attended by The Honourable Cameron Dick – Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, representatives from the Queensland Department of Education and Training, Bill Richards – President of the Logan Chamber of Commerce and staff from Careers Australia and Mabel Park State High School. Careers Australia, in partnership with Mabel Park State High School and the Department of Education and Training, established the Mabel Park Health Hub at the beginning of 2016. It is designed to give high school students the opportunity to undertake vocational education and training in the health sector alongside their high school studies.
Students undertook the Certificate II in Health Support Services, delivered by Careers Australia trainer Sue Layton. Most of the students undertook the course because they want a career in healthcare in the future. The Certificate II in Health Support Services provides them with an entry level qualification into the industry and pathways for further study.
The students had the opportunity to undertake voluntary work experience, visiting an aged care facility and working with diversional therapists and interacting with the elderly residents. Experiences like this give students a real insight into the industry and the types of roles available to them.
The program, which is the first of its kind in Queensland, has delivered some great outcomes:
- It has won several awards including commendations for excellence in industry partnerships
- One student as already been offered a traineeship at Logan Hospital
- We are expecting at least 40 enrolments for the Certificate II in Health Support Services for 2017, with the course offered to students from both Mabel Park State High School and surrounding schools
- 13 students who have just completed Year 12 have enrolled in the Certificate III in Individual Support.
With the healthcare industry experiencing a shortage of workers nationally, and the ageing population, thee students represent the future of Australia’s healthcare industry.
We are very proud of our role in helping these students achieve their career goals. We are looking forward to working with more students next year, and to the ongoing relationship with Mabel Park State High School and the Department of Education and Training.