Photo 1: Roma Dental Assisting trainees Samantha Willes – left – and Kiana Van Der Meulen.

Photo 2: Charleville Business Administration trainee Libby Kajewski – left – with Acting Supervisor
Kissee Clark.

Photo 3: Roma Business Administration trainee Eve Munro – left – with Supervisor Lorraine
Payne.

The South West Hospital and Health Service is helping develop the next generation of local health
workers by hosting eight full, part-time and school-based trainees this year.

South West HHS Director of People and Culture Rob Mander said the health service had partnered with
Golden West Apprenticeships to support young people undertaking traineeships with the health service.

Golden West Apprenticeships is a community-based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the
“group employment’’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries.

“These traineeships allow students and others the opportunity to enter the workforce as well as obtain
nationally recognised qualifications, with the school-based trainees being able to do so while completing
their senior schooling,’’ Mr Mander said.

“School-based trainees work one a day each week for two years, rotating through different areas, while
still at school, while full and part-time trainees work entirely in their chosen skill area.’’

Mr Mander said the eight trainees, their locations and courses were:

  • Courtney Spackman (St George State High School) – Community and Allied Health St George –
    Certificate III in Business Administration.
  • Deanna Boon (part-time trainee) – Surat MPHS – Certificate III in Individual Support.
  • Eve Munro (Roma State College) – Executive & Support Services Roma – Certificate III in
    Business Administration.
  • Libby Kajewski (Charleville State High School) – Charleville Hospital – Certificate III in Business
    Administration.
  • Monique Ramsay (Roma State College) – Mitchell MPHS – Certificate III in Individual Support.
  • Sophie Cooke (St George State High School) – Dirranbandi MPHS – Certificate III in Individual
    Support.
  • Kiana Van Der Meulen (Roma State College) – Roma Hospital – Certificate III in Dental
    Assisting.
  • Samantha Willes (full-time trainee) – Roma Hospital – Certificate III in Dental Assisting.

“As one of the largest employers in the region – with more than 970 full, part-time and casual employees
– the South West HHS is keen to support local young people who may be considering a career in the
health sector,’’ Mr Mander said.

“By providing first-hand experience and training for our local young people, we hope to inspire the next
generation of skilled health care workers for the South West HHS.

“We hope that, later, they will seek out future employment opportunities within the health service once
their studies had been completed.

“It’s a way of future-proofing out health workforce by setting the next generation along the right path.’’
Golden West Apprenticeships Chief Executive Officer Camille Johnson said the trainees would complete
their studies over the next two years and, at the end of their traineeships, receive a Certificate Level III
qualification in their chosen fields.

“The school-based trainees among them will receive on-the-job training in the technical aspects of the
traineeships through paid work placement with the South West Hospital and Health Service, as well as
additional support and mentoring provided by Golden West Apprenticeships,’’ she said.

“As such, school-based traineeships are a popular option for students wanting to get a head start in their
profession.

“Students are able to remain at school and complete their high school certificate while attending paid
work placement one day per week. Once their traineeship is completed, they will have earned a
nationally recognised qualification, just like their full and part-time trainee counterparts.’’

Mr Mander said the health service welcomed the opportunity to help local young people work towards
their future employment and career goals.

“The strength of any organisation is its people,’’ he said.

“That includes not only our current workforce, but also future industry professionals that emerge from
programs such as SAT.’’

South West Hospital and Health Service Roma-based Aboriginal Liaison Officer RJ Landers began his
career in health as a school-based trainee, while attending Roma State College.

“I started my school-based traineeship working with Community and Allied Health in Roma between
2010 and 2012, doing a Certificate III in Primary Health,’’ Mr Landers said.

“I enjoyed the work so much it gave me the incentive to embark upon a career in health once I finished
school,’’ he said.

“It also gave me a qualification to become an Aboriginal Health Worker when I first started, before I
moved into my Aboriginal liaison role.

“It was a valuable experience and I would recommend a school-based traineeship to any young person
considering their future work and career options.

“It’s a great way to get to know a workplace and understand what the work involves, so you can decide if
it’s for you.’’

 

ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

Golden West Apprenticeships
Chief Executive Officer
Camille Johnson
4622 3422 or 0427 834 697
cjohnson@goldenwest.org.au