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Health, children’s services and community care

The health and community services sectors are growing exponentially. 

The ageing population – and the ever-increasing importance placed on areas such as mental health, aged care, Indigenous health, obesity, bullying, gambling addiction and children's services – means new job opportunities are emerging rapidly. 

At Swinburne, you'll develop specialised skills, as well as a broad understanding of your chosen area of expertise. 

Our courses are delivered in supportive and communicative environments, giving you the chance to develop the skills that will help you succeed in a challenging yet rewarding career.

Aged Care Education and Training Incentive (ACETI)

The Australian Government is currently running the Aged Care Education and Training Incentive (ACETI) Program by which aged care workers, personal care workers and enrolled or registered nurses willing to undertake studies to enhance their careers, can obtain a study grant of up to $5000.

Eligible Swinburne courses include:

To be eligible, you must meet all the following critera:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • be employed on a full time, part time or casual basis providing direct care in and by an eligible aged care service at the time of commencement and completion of training

For further information please visit the Department of Health and Ageing website.

A Swinburne course in health sciences and community care could lead to the below positions and careers:

Aged care

  • Aged Care Worker
  • HACC Worker (client homes)
  • Personal Care Attendant

Allied health assistance

  • Domestic Service Attendant
  • Occupational Therapists Assistant
  • Orderly
  • Physiotherapists Assistant
  • Podiatrist Assistant
  • Theatre Support Staff

Children’s services/outside school hours care

  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Children’s Activities Coordinator
  • Group Leader
  • Mobile Assistant
  • Out of School Hours Care Supervisor
  • Play Leader
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Senior Play Leader
  • Special Assistant
  • Special Needs Inclusion Worker
  • Youth Worker

Health services

  • Continuous Patient Observer
  • Health Education Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Orderly
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Patient Service Attendant
  • Patient Support Assistant
  • Ward Assistant
  • Ward Support
  • Wardsperson

Occupational health and safety

  • OH&S Officer
  • OH&S Advisor
  • OH&S Auditor
  • OH&S Coordinator
  • OH&S Manager
  • OH&S Practitioner
  • OH&S Risk Officer
  • OH&S Specialist
  • Safety Officer
  • Senior OHS Officer

Quality auditing

  • Quality and Improvement Consultant
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Quality Facilitator
  • Service Quality System Support Analyst

Get personal advice from a TAFE course adviser.

This is your chance to speak with us one-on-one about your study options and receive assistance with your application.

Finding the right qualification level to suit you will depend on your individual situation, aspirations, goals or requirements for work.

Certificate level courses provide basic training and creation of skills, whereas diplomas and advanced diplomas build on your existing skills to provide you with a greater understanding for your field of study.

It's important to consider your goals and what you want to achieve as a key step when researching courses.

Swinburne offers intakes every month for a wide range of TAFE courses.

Please check intake availability of your chosen course on Course Search.

2014 intakes Commencement date
January 6 January
February 3 February
March 3 March
April 7 April
May 5 May
June 2 June
July 7 July
August 4 August
September 1 September
October 6 October
November 3 November
December 1 December