Northeast Health is committed to providing entry-level pathways to support local young people who wish to pursue a career in the health workforce. Placement programs are available to help students develop and consolidate skills and experiences across various clinical and non-clinical departments.
If you are a student aged over 15 years and enrolled in Years 10 to 12, you are eligible to participate in the general work experience program at Northeast Health. Our work experience program aims to give you the opportunity to experience a wide range of careers available in health.
To help you get the most out of the experience, you may be rotated into 3 different areas of the hospital every day. You will spend approximately 1.5 hours in each area. Some of the areas that you may be rostered to include:
- emergency department
- nuclear medicine
- critical care
- dialysis unit
- day stay unit
- aged care
- dental clinic
- medical and surgical ward
- lactation clinic
- allied health
- community-based programs.
How do I apply for work experience?You can apply for work experience at Northeast Health in one of two ways:
- Apply through your local school counsellor – local schools generally negotiate block placements for students at the beginning of each school year.
- Send a letter of application – if you are not a local student you can apply by sending a letter of application directly to Northeast Health Wangaratta school based programs coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
- business administration
- aged care
- allied health
- dental services.
Taylah Malcolm’s story
In 2012, I struggled for ideas when it came to my career choices, so I decided to participate in the Vocational Education Training in Schools (VETiS) health program. This program enabled me to study a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance and a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance.
By participating in this program I was able to expand my opportunities and work in different areas such as; lactation clinic, rehabilitation, paediatrics ward and dental. After spending time in each of the different areas, I decided that I would like to pursue a career as a dental assistant.
In 2013, I no longer continued with the VETiS program and instead applied for a school based apprenticeship with Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW), as a trainee dental assistant. After several meetings and interviews I was accepted into the School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) program and over the next 12 months in conjunction with Bendigo TAFE, I was able to complete my entry-level traineeship.
I thoroughly enjoyed my training and the experience I gained by participating in the school-based programs. It has provided me with a solid foundation for my future career. I received wonderful support throughout my apprenticeship and am now fully qualified, and a full-time member of the dental team at NHW.