New Health Hub of Excellence for Park Ridge High

New Health Hub of Excellence for Park Ridge High

Park Ridge State High School have announced they are opening a ‘Health Hub of Excellence’ in 2022, a facility designed to provide traineeships in health support, aged care and disabilities to secondary students.

The health training centre, in partnership with OSMAC and Blue Stone Medical Professional will provide practical learning to students for a number of certificates that will give them a pathway into tertiary education and health jobs after graduating. 

Transitions Officer at the school, Wendy Howard, says she is extremely looking forward to implementing this in the school next year and the benefits it will bring to students. 

“The partnership between Park Ridge High, Blue Stone and OSMAC is Huge,” she said. 

“It’s a pathway into the health profession and it has outcomes.

“The school’s very excited about it.” 

The Health Hub will be a place for Year 11 and 12 students to study a Cert 2 in Health Support, for one day a week which can then lead to a Cert 3 of individual support in Aged and Disabled Care. 

“The Health Hub is a room set up half as a classroom and the other half as a ward with hospital beds and all the equipment you need, just like walking into a ward of a hospital,” Ms Howard said. 

“What we’re really excited about is that the Year 13’s (graduates) can come do a free Cert 3 in Individual support for Aged and Disabled 2 days a week at the health hub. 

“That’s a free course for them to help them on their way.”  

Ms Howard says the certificates will allow the students to work in nursing homes, hospitals or with disability support as an assistant in nursing (AIN) before they complete their studies, as well as contribute points towards their overall QCE score.

“Within 18 months of graduating they can be an enrolled nurse,” she said. 

Ms Howard says it was only 6 weeks ago that the idea was raised and plans started to be made for the Health Hub. 

“Our health Hub started with a phone call to OSMAC probably 6 weeks ago so it’s very fresh and we are lucky that they had contacts with Blue Stone Medical, who will be delivering the course and providing all the beds, mannequins and chairs.” 

Ms Howard wants to thank OSMAC and Blue Stone Medical for helping the school give these amazing opportunities to the students. 

“We want to give an almighty thank you to Adam Stephens from OSMAC and Nicole Hood from Blue Stone Medical,” she said. 

“After having a discussion we all agreed that it would be an awesome project for the kids in this area.

“OSMAC is a very good partner and supporter of our school. They put a lot of kids into apprenticeships and traineeships already.” 

She says that the school is committed to providing the best education for the students to enter the workforce and the Health Hub is an extension of that. 

“We want to give our kids every opportunity to fulfil their dreams and that’s what it’s about,’ Ms Howard said.

“It’s about when a kid walks out of Park Ridge High that they are on a pathway of their dream that they want to pursue. 

“If we can help that happen and can help students from other schools that’s great.” 

Ms Howard also says that the Health Hub is a good initiative as health support is a growing industry with a large demand for jobs. 

“Enrolled nurses are employed in doctor services, pharmacies, and private schools are enrolling nurses to run their sick bays,” she said.

“Everyones employing enrolled nurses because there is a shortage in the health profession at the moment.” 

Blue Stone Medical and Professional have also expressed their excitement and gratitude for the collaboration in a post on facebook made November 4.

“We have great pleasure in announcing our new business partnerships that will allow us to open a Health Hub of excellence with Park Ridge State High School,” the post said. 

The post continued to say; “A long partnership with Adam and Chris from OSMAC will roll out our Traineeships in Aged Care and Disabilities.”

‘We look forward to this great partnership in 2022.” 

Dates are not confirmed but the Health Hub is set to be open early next year. Watch the Park Ridge High Facebook page for more updates on the preparation of the training centre.