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Students start work with the Health Service

Saturday, 14th February, 2015

Karen Kemp (Clinical Nurse Consultant Infection Control) showing hand hygiene techniques to Starcha Meehan (Broken Hill High School) and Tearra Charles (Balranald Central School) using the ‘glitter bug’ machine, which uses special light to highlight unclean areas. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Karen Kemp (Clinical Nurse Consultant Infection Control) showing hand hygiene techniques to Starcha Meehan (Broken Hill High School) and Tearra Charles (Balranald Central School) using the ‘glitter bug’ machine, which uses special light to highlight unclean areas. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

Ten students started a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship with the Health Service this week by learning all about the environment they will be working in over the next two years.

The students begin orientation to the School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program (SBATs) by learning about their placement allocations, scope of practice and the Far West Local Health District (LHD), TAFE and school expectations.

In the first session they were introduced to hand hygiene requirements including the use of ‘Glitter Bug’ to highlight the importance of clean hands.

The orientation program was delivered in a collaborative approach by the Far West LHD, Department of Education & Communities, Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre and TAFE NSW Riverina Institute.

SBAT’s are a Department of Education and Communities initiative providing Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to gain an industry-recognised qualification that can lead to future employment as part of their HSC.

Ten students in total from Balranald Central School, Broken Hill High School, Coomealla High School, Wilcannia Central School and Willyama High School were appointed to traineeships in Business Administration (medical), Health Services Assistance and Allied Health Assistance in December 2014. Traineeships were also available in Aboriginal Primary Health Care.

Balranald MPS will support both an Allied Health Assistant and a Health Service Assistant, Wentworth and Wilcannia Hospitals a Health Service Assistant each, and Broken Hill Health Service an Allied Health Assistant, two Business Administration and three Health Service Assistants.

The qualifications will be taught by TAFE NSW Riverina Institute using the LINC (Learning in Networked Communities) model that will enable the students and their trainers to maintain regular contact using a variety of different technologies.

The Far West LHD, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Department of Education and Communities will work closely with schools to ensure students are supported to successfully complete their chosen traineeship. 

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Far West LHD and its communities,” said Far West LHD District Nurse Educator Samantha Elliott

“The SBATs program affords students a pathway to industry-recognised qualifications locally. It’s a great way to grow and sustain our own future workforce and support our local school students with employment opportunities.”

Ms Elliott said she was very pleased by the collaboration between the Far West LHD, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, Department of Education and Communities, the Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre, and Regional Development Australia to develop and implement the SBATs Program.

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