EXCITING PARTNERSHIP: TAFE Western Manager of Educational Programs Michael Bourke and WNSWLHD Director of Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services Jason Crisp launch the exciting new partnership at the Clinical Health Room at TAFE Western's Winhanganha building.
TAFE Western and Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) have today announced an exciting partnership that will develop specialist mental health workers in western NSW to help cater for growing demand in the industry.
The qualification will give graduates of a new 12 month program the skills and workforce training to work in mental health services, and the opportunity to tap into new opportunities created by changes made to the provision of mental health services as a result of the Health District’s Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Transformation Project.
WNSWLHD Director of Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services Jason Crisp said it will be very beneficial to have graduates of the program ready to work.
“This program will mean there are trained workers ready for positions in mental health services throughout our community, whether that be with the Health District or other organisations,” he said.
“We already have a skilled workforce in mental health services and our current staff will be very much part of the new way we deliver services, but we also acknowledge that there will be opportunities for even more specialist workers spanning many different organisations.
“This exciting partnership with TAFE Western reflects our commitment to building capacity within community managed organisations across western NSW to support the delivery of high quality mental health care to consumers and their families.”
TAFE Western Manager of Educational Programs Michael Bourke said the organisation has developed an industry-specific delivery model consisting of a selection of electives, to ensure participants were highly skilled and ready to enter the mental health workforce.
“As part of the partnership mental health specialists from the Health District will provide industry specific training as part of this qualification being offered by TAFE Western,” he said.
“There will also be a six week work placement to enable students to practise clinical skills, as well as additional support and in-service training offered by mental health educators and staff at Bloomfield Hospital.
“TAFE Western is a leader in providing health education and worthwhile careers for students throughout western NSW and this is an exciting extension to our commitment of offering training that changes lives.”
It’s anticipated 16-20 students will take part in this program that will begin in semester two, July 2016.
For any student interested in training for a career in mental health with TAFE Western, please phone 6391 5777.