Published April 30 and May 1, 2011
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Contents A message from the
Welcome and introduction to WA Health 2 Director General
Disaster response workers 3 Western Australians have one of the highest
life expectancies in the world. Maintaining safe,
Options for doctors 3 quality healthcare to nearly 2.3 million people
at hundreds of sites across an area of almost
Allied health professionals 4-5 2.5 million square kilometres is a signiﬁcant
Non-clinical health roles 6 You can meet some of the 37,000 people helping
WA Health take on this challenge in the pages of
Nursing and midwifery 7-10 this supplement.
Kim Snowball These people are part of a team that has
Aboriginal health workers 11 DIRECTOR GENERAL
delivered one of the world’s lowest infant mortality
Working in regional WA 12-13 rates, the second lowest median wait time for elective surgery in
Australia and has made Western Australia a leader in the area of safe,
Support services 14-15 quality healthcare.
It’s an exciting time to be involved in WA Health. We're delivering a major
Discover WA Health jobs online 16 reform agenda and planning the health services we'll need to care for a
growing and ageing population.
A key priority for WA Health is closing the gap in health outcomes
between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians. We're
committed to increasing the numbers of Aboriginal staff right
Unlimited opportunities across WA Health, including through targeted strategies
such as apprenticeships and traineeships.
There’s a lot to do. The people to do it will be
If you are looking for a career in an important, diverse and Working towards a health career dedicated, caring people committed to
rewarding sector, WA Health wants to hear from you. keeping Western Australia’s health
If you are a school leaver or graduate looking for a
Every year WA Health handles more than 800,000 rewarding career in health, WA Health offers diverse system among the world’s best.
emergency department visits, completes more than 75,000 and interesting pathways into challenging jobs across If you can see yourself as
elective surgery cases, delivers 22,330 babies and performs the state. part of one team, one
more than 91,000 breast cancer screens. Is there anything ﬁrst-class health
more rewarding, exciting or challenging than making a real There are more than 150 different job types to choose
from, including clinical and non-clinical professions, service, why
difference in people’s lives? not talk to
Working in WA Health, you could be involved in
hospital or dental clinic work or working in community Planning for the future WA Health?
health. You could work in acute care, rehabilitation,
providing drug and alcohol information, prevention and WA Health is working hard to meet the
Aboriginal health services, or health promotion
treatment services, dental health services, administration and prevention. challenges of a growing population and an
and policy or Aboriginal health services. ageing demographic.
Depending on which job you choose, you may need formal
Working in Western Australia’s health sector opens up a qualiﬁcations such as a university degree, TAFE training, a WA Health aims to do this through its mission
world of opportunity. These sought-after beneﬁts include: traineeship or on the job training. of improving, promoting and protecting the health
• a competitive, award-based salary and entitlements of Western Australians by:
• a professional working environment and culture If you are a recent university graduate, you may be
• rewarding and challenging work roles interested in one of WA Health’s graduate programs. • caring for individuals and the community
• supportive, family friendly settings WA Health recruits a mixture of talented graduates from • caring for those who need it most
• leadership and professional development programs a broad range of non-clinical disciplines. You don’t need a • making best use of funds and resources
• experience in a broad range of clinical and non-clinical clinical degree to apply. • supporting its team.
However, if you are a graduate of a WA medical school A major infrastructure program is bringing quality
• education and training opportunities in specialty areas
and an Australian citizen or permanent resident you healthcare closer to home for people living in regional and
• ﬂexible work and leave arrangements
can apply for an internship in Western Australia. For remote Western Australia. In the metropolitan area WA
• opportunities for career advancement.
more information visit www.pmcwa.health.wa.gov.au
Health is expanding the range of services provided by its general
If these beneﬁts add up to the work environment you are
hospitals so the bulk of services most people will need, will be
looking for, a career in health may be the right option for
available close to where they live.
you. Why not ﬁnd out at www.health.wa.gov.au/careers
Graduate Development Program
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Disaster response workers Options for doctors
Becoming a doctor opens up a wide range of career options. To specialise, you usually need
With a number of catastrophes affecting so many people around the world, the to do some postgraduate study, get experience in approved hospitals and pass exams to
work of the Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit (DPMU) has never gain membership in an appropriate professional medical college.
been more important.
Once you have done your initial training to achieve your basic medical qualiﬁcations, you
The unit works with health services to improve disaster preparedness and crisis have a range of choices. Some of these include:
management through policy development and planning; risk management; logistic
support; education and training; and command, control and coordination. As part of Anaesthetist Hepatologist Orthopaedic Surgeon
this unit, you would be involved with a variety of challenges, including coordinating Cardiologist Immunologist Clinical Paediatrician
health resources during major disasters.
Dermatologist Medical Administrator Pathologist
One of the roles of the DPMU is to make sure that health staff can pick up and travel
Gastroenterologist Medical Oncologist Physician
to different countries at a moment’s notice, making a real difference at the frontline
when it counts. General Practitioner Neurologist Psychiatrist
The DPMU coordinates the Australian Medical Assistance Teams WA (AUSMAT WA) - Haematologist Ophthalmologist Radiologist
a group of medical professionals and paraprofessionals who go to disaster zones to
provide medical support for up to two weeks. The teams consist of nurses, physicians, For further information on the educational requirements for the area of medicine
allied health, paramedics and non-medical members such as logisticians. you are interested in visit www.health.wa.gov.au/careers/doctors.cfm
I have also coordinated the WA Health Mandurah and at the Quarry youth
response or assisted with responses to Cyclone centre in Fremantle. The aim is to take services
George in 2007; the Learmonth aircraft out of the teaching hospital environment to
incident and the Manjimup bus crash in 2008; where young people are as this is the group
the Ashmore Reef boat explosion and H1N1 with the highest rates of sexually transmitted
inﬂuenza (swine ﬂu) pandemic response in infections. The vast majority of the work is
assessing peoples' risk and encouraging them
2009. I also supported health services following
to be tested.
the severe hail storm in Perth and provided
home base support to an AUSMAT that Beneﬁts of your role
deployed to Pakistan to assist following the
It’s my dream job. It is a privilege to be able
ﬂoods in 2010. to help people who are otherwise frightened
and embarrassed. It’s really rewarding that we
Responsibilities of your role can help.
As Manager of DPMU I work with a dedicated Dr Lewis Marshall
Muriel Leclercq group of enthusiastic staff to ensure WA
Health is able to respond to any disaster
SEXUAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER Further training
There is an Australasian Chapter of Sexual
MANAGER, that may arise. This includes prevention, What do sexual health Health Medicine, which is a chapter of the
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS preparedness, response and recovery planning. physicians do? Royal Australasian College of Physicians so
AND MANAGEMENT UNIT One of the many projects the unit is involved The job involves taking histories of sexual there is a training program associated with
that. There is always something to learn. We
with is coordinating WA Health planning in behaviours, managing sexually transmitted
As Manager of the DPMU in the Public Health infections and treating HIV patients. It’s about have journal clubs, are involved in continuous
preparation for the Commonwealth Heads of
Division of WA Health, no two days are the demystifying sexually transmitted infections education and have internal education
Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled in sessions in our own team.
same for Muriel Leclercq. Perth during October 2011. and alleviating some of the fear and stigma.
It’s one of most intimate conversations you
Your experiences More information can have with someone so we need to build a
As a senior nurse working in the emergency lot of rapport and trust. “You need to come with an open
Visit the WA Health website at
department, I was always interested in
www.health.wa.gov.au/disaster to learn Sexually transmitted infections are on the mind, be non judgemental,
disaster planning. I was privileged to be rise – particularly chlamydia – so it’s a busy accepting of people’s differences
more about the role of the DPMU.
the deputy team leader of AUSMAT for area. There are only three sexual health
deployments to the Maldives following the
and sexuality. If you can do that it
practitioners in Western Australia at the
tsunami in 2004 and Yogyakarta, Indonesia, moment. The small number of practitioners is one of the most rewarding areas
following the earthquake in 2006. “Moving from clinical nursing to means we also do a lot of teaching. It’s not of medicine because you can deal
for everybody but for those people who do
In 2007, I moved from the clinical ﬁeld to policy allowed me to pursue my with people in a most pragmatic
have an afﬁnity for this kind of work, it’s
policy and was part of a team that developed interest in disaster management.” tremendously rewarding. way and give them the help they
the AUSMAT concept. WA was the ﬁrst need when they are frightened,
Australian state to develop an AUSMAT I work with a fantastic team of ﬁve nurses.
capability. We run clinics at Fremantle and outreach ashamed and vulnerable.”
clinics at Rockingham, Kwinana and
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Allied health professionals
From audiologists to sonographers, there If you’re looking for a challenging career that does
something worthwhile for the community, you are spoiled
are 23 health professions making up the for choice in the allied health professions.
allied health and health science professions From physiotherapy, podiatry, occupational therapy, clinical
in Western Australia. It all adds up to a psychology, pharmacy, medical imaging technology,
wide choice in careers. radiation therapy and nuclear medicine technology to
audiology, dietetics, medical librarian, orthoptics, orthotics
And with National Health Reform squarely on the agenda and prosthetics, social work, speech pathology, biomedical
and one of the largest health infrastructure programs ever engineering, clinical perfusion, exercise physiology, medical
undertaken in Western Australia underway, there’s never physics, medical science, respiratory science, sonographer
been a better time to become part of WA Health. and sleep technology, there’s a specialty to suit everyone.
Beneﬁts of your role WA Health has an amazing range
Beneﬁts of being a clinical perfusionist of beneﬁts such as nine per cent
include having ﬂexible hours or days with superannuation, salary sacriﬁcing, study
potential for overtime work, promotion leave and ﬂexible working hours. Of course,
opportunities with salary increases, there are many more beneﬁts, depending
transfers within and across WA Health on what area you work in.
services and support for further education.
Qualiﬁcations To become a physiotherapist you will need
to achieve tertiary qualiﬁcations with either
The minimum qualiﬁcation needed for
a Bachelor of Science specialising in the
entry into training for clinical perfusion is
ﬁeld or a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
a bachelor degree in science. Check with
individual institutions for more information Some universities offer a Graduate Entry
about entry requirements for individual Ben Noteboom
Masters of Physiotherapy or a Graduate
Vincent Rajkumar training programs. SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST Entry Doctorate of Physiotherapy for people
who have a bachelor degree or higher in a
CHIEF CLINICAL Further training What does your role involve? health science.
PERFUSIONIST Clinical perfusionists can participate in I work with patients who are recovering
further learning and research and help to from a critical illness, accident or injury. Further training
What does a perfusionist do? extend the scope of practice within their I treat physical problems particularly
Physiotherapists can study postgraduate
workplace. They may advance to senior roles, those that affect the muscles, bones, heart,
Clinical perfusionists are allied health care courses to specialise in areas such as
manage a team of perfusionists, work in circulation and lungs.
professionals who play a vital role in the sports and women’s health. You can also
open-heart surgery team. The team includes a teaching or training environment or study for a masters degree to enhance
Using an exercise program that may
surgeons, anaesthetists and other operating become involved in research or new skills and knowledge through project work
include weights, stretches and specialised
theatre staff. equipment design. and research. There are also opportunities
equipment, I help patients recover and
improve their strength and coordination so to attend workshops and seminars for
Perfusionists operate the highly More information they can walk, sit and stand with minimal professional development.
sophisticated heart-lung machine during Visit the WA Health website at pain and stiffness.
cardiac surgery. The machine performs the www.ochpo.health.wa.gov.au or the More information
functions of the patient’s heart and lungs, Physiotherapists need to understand the
Australian and New Zealand College of Visit the WA Health website at
making sure blood is pumped around body’s cardiovascular, respiratory and
Perfusionists’ website at www.anzcp.org www.ochpo.health.wa.gov.au or the
the body while the surgeon performs the neurological systems to provide patient
Australian Physiotherapy Association
operation on a temporarily stopped heart. treatment and care advice to other
website at www.physiotherapy.asn.au
Clinical perfusionists administer “It’s a privilege to be
Physiotherapists can work with adults,
medicines and transfuse blood responsible for protecting children, and people suffering age related “It’s great being the physio
products. They can also be involved in a
range of surgeries, such as a patient’s heart and physical problems. who helps someone take
heart, lung or liver transplants and supporting their life during Salary their ﬁrst steps after a
procedures such as dialysis, in both elective combined heart and lung
surgery.” Physiotherapists can earn around $57,000
and emergency adult and paediatric per year and up to $80,000 with clinical transplant.”
patients. They can also be involved in experience. Senior and specialised jobs
clinical trials and research projects. can earn from about $87,000 a year up
Working in WA Health
What do speech pathologists do? Qualiﬁcations
Speech pathologists diagnose and treat people of all ages To become a speech pathologist you will need to achieve
with communication disorders. I work with children who tertiary qualiﬁcations with either a Bachelor of Science
have difﬁculties such as using certain words and sentences specialising in the ﬁeld or a Bachelor of Speech Pathology.
or making certain sounds in their speech or who ﬁnd it You will need to have a high level of English language skills.
difﬁcult understanding what other people say.
Other communication difﬁculties include ﬂuency and
literacy difﬁculties or physical problems with eating or Speech pathologists can study for a masters degree. Further
swallowing. study can offer the opportunity to enhance skills and
knowledge through project work and research. There are
Speech pathologists can provide individual therapy, work also opportunities to attend workshops and seminars for
in small groups, within a classroom, or become involved professional development.
in home-based programs. I work closely with clients, their
carers and other professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary More information
team to provide advice and direction.
Visit the WA Health website at
Qualiﬁed speech pathologists are in high demand and www.ochpo.health.wa.gov.au or the Speech Pathology
currently there is a shortage in Western Australia. Australia website at www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au
New graduate speech pathologists can earn around
Nicola Morgan $57,000 per year and up to $80,000 with clinical experience. “Each day is different. No two children
SPEECH PATHOLOGIST Senior and specialised jobs can earn from around $87,000. are ever the same. The job is both
challenging and rewarding.”
What do sonographers do? qualiﬁcation so you ﬁrst need a bachelor degree in
a medical imaging science or a related area.
I am a healthcare professional who uses ultrasound
equipment to produce medical images of tissues in the A list of accredited sonography programs is listed on
human body. the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry
site at www.asar.com.au
The images produced are then used to assist in the medical
management of patients. A clinical training position is a requirement for
Ultrasound has widespread applications such as abdominal,
obstetrics, gynaecology, musculo-skeletal, cardiac and Further training
paediatrics to name a few.
Sonographers can study for a masters degree that could
Sonographers who are employed in a hospital may work in involve project work as part of the job and/or research.
the radiology, cardiology, vascular or obstetrics departments.
They often perform scans at the patient’s bedside or work in More information
Visit the WA Health website at
I work as part of a team with other health professionals, www.ochpo.health.wa.gov.au or the websites of the
medical staff and nursing staff. Hours of work may involve Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry Limited,
weekend or shift work. Participation in an on-call roster for Australian Institute of Radiography, Australian Sonographers
after-hours emergencies may also be required. Association, Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine,
The Cardiac Society of Australia and NZ or Australian
Marilyn Zelesco Salary Orthoptic Board.
SONOGRAPHER Sonographers can earn around $78,000 per year and up to
$87,000 with further study and experience.
“Sonography is an excellent way to
Qualiﬁcations develop clinical skills in the rapidly
To be a sonographer you require a qualiﬁcation in changing world of medical imaging.”
ultrasonography/medical ultrasound. This is a post graduate
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Non-clinical health roles
If you are interested in working in the The entry requirements for a career in a non-clinical role
with WA Health depend on the position.
health sector but you don’t want to
work as a doctor or nurse, you have a For more information visit
wide variety of professional and
non-professional roles to choose from.
Whether you are an accountant, administration assistant,
budgeting analyst, business system analyst, clerk, clinical
coder, communication operator, ethics coordinator, health
information manager, human resource consultant or
information technologist, there are jobs for you in the
health sector. WA Health even employs art curators and
Qualiﬁcations Salary and beneﬁts
Introductory-level courses are offered through One of the great factors of working here
the Health Information Management is having ﬂexible working hours. Having
Association of Australia and the New this option is great when you have a young
South Wales Open Training and Education family. Principal developers can earn from
Network. around $90,000 a year, depending on
To enrol you must have knowledge of medical
terminology. If you have no prior knowledge, Qualiﬁcations
you should complete a medical terminology Developers beneﬁt from a degree in
course. computer science or an engineering
Registered nurses, overseas medical discipline. Typically a software based
practitioners, graduates of medical science Kamal Vaghjiani engineering degree would give you a
degrees and others with a clinical background ﬁrm grounding in the way software is
can apply for recognition of prior learning PRINCIPAL DEVELOPER designed and developed.
Kathryn Nicholls for medical terminology.
What does a principal Further training
CLINICAL CODER Further training developer do? There’s always something to learn and
Clinical coders can progress from introductory As a principal developer, I provide technical always plenty of opportunity and support
What do clinical coders do? level training through to advanced level expertise and leadership in all aspects of from management to get involved and
I translate written clinical notes about code to highly complex medical records. software development, design and learn – be it new technology, or better
patient care into a code format. architecture for WA Health. It's a very ways of building software. There are many
For example, acute appendicitis is More information challenging and rewarding role that offers different streams (testing, architecture,
represented by the code ‘K35.9’. excellent exposure to new technologies. business analysis, user experience and
Visit the WA Health website at
The codes are an international www.clinicalcoding.health.wa.gov.au or the As technical lead developer and architect more) so specialist courses/degrees can take
standardised classiﬁcation system (IC- Clinical Coders’ Society of Australia website for Application Framework Services I am you in the direction that most interests you.
10-DAM) used in all Australian acute at www.ccsofa.org.au involved in providing WA Health with a
health facilities. We’re also known as service-based architecture for auditing, More information
medical recorder coders. logging, security and reporting. It’s a Ask about degrees in computer science or
challenging and varied job which can software-based engineering at any tertiary
I don’t work hands on with patients “My job allows for ﬂexibility involve anything from providing enterprise institution.
but use my clinical knowledge to make level applications architecture, to design
sure patient needs are matched to and the opportunity for and development.
the best healthcare resources. It is continual learning.” As a principal developer, I am also “There’s a great team here, with
a behind the scenes job that is very responsible for providing guidance to
important in helping hospitals provide very good developers, architects
managers and the software development
a high quality service. team on all aspects of the software and managers. There’s also great
development lifecycle. support from the management
Clinical coders can earn from $56,000 per
The role allows you to delve into many and architects to allow us to
areas, from technical leadership to
year and up to $67,000 with further study. architecture and technical development. work with latest technologies.”
Career-wise you can move into either
technical management or an application/
solutions architectural role.
Nursing and midwifery First Assistants in Nursing
As the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Ofﬁcer During my time I have been impressed by the (Acute Care) traineeship
at the Nursing and Midwifery Ofﬁce at WA number of nurses and midwives I have If you’re considering work as an Assistant in Nursing (Acute Care) you can now earn
Health, I am responsible for attracting people met who have been passionate about their as you learn with a six-month full-paid traineeship.
to careers in nursing and midwifery. work. Many view their role as a privilege.
The traineeship, which was developed in partnership with WA Health and the Central
I know ﬁrst hand how wonderful a career Nurses care for people across their lifespan Institute of Technology, offers you the opportunity to obtain a Certiﬁcate III in Health
in nursing is. I have travelled the world and and during times of signiﬁcant illness, injury, Service Assistance (Acute Care).
worked as a nurse in many different settings. rehabilitation and recovery. Midwives care
On completion of the traineeship, you can apply for Assistant in Nursing positions
for women and their families before, during
in WA hospitals.
and after one of the most important times in
their lives – the birth of a new family member. The ﬁrst group of trainees started their traineeships last month.
When I started my career as a nurse on a For more information go to www.nursing.health.wa.gov.au
hospital ward I never imagined I would one day
be the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Ofﬁcer for WA.
The Nursing and Midwifery Ofﬁce offers a Your traineeship
range of services related to careers in nursing
and midwifery. We recently commenced an I am expecting practical information
based on real situations and opportunities
Assistants in Nursing (Acute Care) traineeship to have hands-on experience of all routine
as an additional pathway into health careers. tasks before I achieve my qualiﬁcation.
We can also help ease the ﬁnancial burden
of study through our generous scholarship The beauty of the AIN traineeship is you
program for undergraduate and do not need any formal qualiﬁcation to be
studies in nursing and midwifery.
Beneﬁts of the program
Catherine Stoddart I would encourage anyone who loves being The examples given by our lecturers based
ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR with people to consider a career in nursing on their own experiences in nursing really
CHIEF NURSE AND MIDWIFERY OFFICER and midwifery…it can take you anywhere. consolidate my learning. It makes it easy
for someone like me (with no nursing
experience) to understand and brings
texts and lectures to life.
TRAINEE ASSISTANT IN Further education
I enjoy learning and would love to study
Aspiring or working nurses The Nursing and Midwifery Ofﬁce is keen to NURSING (AIN) nursing at a later stage when my children
support Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
and midwives can apply for people looking to enter the nursing and are a little older.
scholarships for undergraduate What does your role involve?
midwifery professions. If you are of
I will assist with patient care, for example Why did you choose health?
and postgraduate study. The Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent,
bathing, feeding, general daily activities Although I have worked in customer
you are strongly encouraged to apply for
scholarships, totalling $2 million, a scholarship.
and providing emotional support to service related roles, I found my job was
are available through the patients in the acute care setting. never satisfying. I really wanted to spend
Western Australian Government. Postgraduate scholarships Becoming an AIN
my valuable time making a difference in
Postgraduate scholarships are open to Shift work will enable my husband
Undergraduate scholarships nurses and midwives already working in and I to balance caring for our two
the Western Australian public health young children and our careers. I look
The Nursing and Midwifery Ofﬁce provides
scholarships to students studying nursing
system. They are awarded on the merit forward to discovering many avenues “The beauty of the AIN traineeship
of their application and workforce demand of career development into nursing is you do not need any formal
and midwifery. The scholarships aim to for the area of study being undertaken. and beyond.
attract people to nursing and midwifery by qualiﬁcation to be eligible.”
easing the ﬁnancial burden of studying. The scholarships are offered to encourage
nurses and midwives to pursue postgraduate
Enrolled nursing students can apply after studies by assisting with course fees. They
completing their ﬁrst semester of full-time
study while registered nursing and midwifery
also act as an incentive for attracting and Upcoming events
retaining nurses and midwives.
students must complete their ﬁrst year of 5 May 2011
full-time study before applying. International Day of the Midwife Royal College of Nursing Australia
For further careers information Nursing and Health Expo
12 May 2011
including education prerequisites International Nurses Day 26 June 2011
visit www.nursing.health.wa.gov.au 10am to 3pm
25 July 2011
Nursing and Midwifery Careers Day Perth Convention Exhibition Centre
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Enrolled Nurse Registered Nurse
Enrolled nurses (ENs) hold a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing from TAFE or an Registered nurses (RNs) hold a Bachelor of Nursing from a university.
accredited Aboriginal Health Training College.
Registered nurse responsibilities range from direct patient care to coordinating
Working under the supervision of a registered nurse, an enrolled nurse provides care delivery, health promotion, research, management and education.
patients with basic nursing care and is accomplished in the practical skills of A registered nurse can work in a variety of interesting and challenging areas
nursing. Enrolled nurses with advanced skills may undertake more complex including emergency, cardiology, community, mental health and intensive care.
In your ﬁrst few years as a registered nurse you would earn between $49,000 and
As an enrolled nurse you can earn between $44,000 and $51,000 per year and $65,000 per year. More senior positions pay from $66,000 to $122,000. You would
receive extra pay in the form of shift allowances for working afternoons, nights, also be paid shift allowances for working afternoons, nights, weekends or public
weekends or public holidays. holidays.
Beneﬁts of being a nurse chosen ﬁeld is a plus for me. It affords
It is the joy of making patients better or me the opportunity to meet people from
comfortable or at peace with life. You don’t various cultural backgrounds and to learn
ever do nursing for the money; you do it for about their cultures and their beliefs about
the people. mental illness. I ﬁnd it extremely
I was attending TAFE for my training to Working in WA Health
qualify as an enrolled nurse and after I ﬁnd working in WA Health gives me a
attending an interview at Princess Margaret diversity of experience in the various
Hospital, was successful in gaining a aspects of mental health. In addition, it
position in the Graduate Enrolled Nursing makes it possible for me to work in a
Program. I am now in my second rotation. multidisciplinary setting on caseloads that
range from simple to complex.
I would love to continue on to registered Qualiﬁcations
Shannel DeJonge nursing eventually, but am very much TRANSCULTURAL CLINICAL I completed my three year hospital-based
ENROLLED NURSE, GRADUATE
enjoying the experience and learning NURSE SPECIALIST (CNS) diploma (which is no longer available). In the
opportunities as an enrolled nurse. course of my work I have obtained various
PROGRAM What does your role involve? certiﬁcates in the area of transcultural
Working in WA Health mental health.
What does your role involve? The public health system is all about
My role in the WA Transcultural Mental
Health Service, Department of Psychiatry
I work with a variety of team members to people, serving Western Australians from at Royal Perth Hospital is to work across Further education
work out the best outcomes for the all backgrounds, making sure everyone gets multicultural communities to provide a There are regular opportunities for
patient. I am currently working on a equal and the best care.
graduate program getting experience community nursing service. professional development in the area
from both surgical and medical ﬁelds. of mental health. There are also various
I have always worked with people and
Rewards of your job This service is culturally sensitive to the
transcultural mental health conferences
mental health needs of culturally and
within paediatric ﬁelds. I love my job because it gives me the and workshops/seminars which I have the
linguistically diverse (CALD) background
opportunity to work with kids. I enjoy opportunity to attend.
meeting all kinds of children of different clients and their families suffering from
Why did you choose nursing? mental illness. Since starting in nursing I
ages, personalities and backgrounds. I also
I chose nursing because a long time ago love meeting the parents. have mostly worked in this area.
on holiday, I was involved in a serious car
accident and was a patient at Princess Why did you choose nursing? “I ﬁnd working in WA Health gives
Margaret Hospital for two to three weeks. Because I wanted to get into a profession me a diversity of experience in the
I don’t remember much about it, but I do "When you can diffuse a stressful where I could help people and also see various aspects of mental health.”
remember the nurse who made me feel tangible outcomes.
special by doing my hair, reading me a book situation by taking medical care of
and taking time to listen. a child and putting a parent at ease Rewards of your job
I want to bring the same into my nursing
all at the same time, that is an The type of work in which I am involved
and strive to be the best I can be each and amazing experience. There is no gives me satisfaction and constant
every day. I have an opportunity to make better joy than healthy, happy kids.” rewards. Being able to help people with
a difference and to have an impact on the mental illness and their families and
people around me and I am grateful for that. having the opportunity to work in my
Midwife Nurse Practitioner
Midwives help women during pregnancy, childbirth and through the early A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed a masters degree and
parenting period. They work with women to provide the necessary support, care is endorsed by the relevant regulatory body to function on his or her own and with
and advice during pregnancy, labour and the period after the birth. other health professionals in an advanced and extended clinical role.
A midwife is a health professional who has successfully completed a course of study The role of the nurse practitioner includes assessing and managing clients and may
in midwifery and has the appropriate registration documents necessary to practice. include directly referring patients to other health care professionals, prescribing
medications and ordering diagnostic investigations.
Midwives are not limited to hospital-based work. They can work in a variety of To practise as a nurse practitioner in Western Australia you must be registered as a
settings such as clinics, hospitals, birthing centres or in homes. registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, endorsed to practise
In your ﬁrst few years as a midwife you would earn between $49,000 and $65,000 as a nurse practitioner and be employed in a designated nurse practitioner area.
per year. Promotional positions pay from $66,000 through to $122,000. You As a nurse practitioner, you can earn about $103,000 per year and may receive extra
also receive shift allowances for working afternoons, nights, weekends or public pay in the form of shift allowances for working afternoons, nights, weekends or
holidays. public holidays.
Rewards of your role
Beneﬁts of nursing
I look forward to going to work. I get the
privilege of being involved in one of the There are lots of beneﬁts to reward good
most special days of someone’s life. I work nursing practice; not only do you get
a variety of hours, which means I can have good public respect for the hard work
you do but your professional experience
time off during the week as well as the
and educational knowledge is rewarded
weekend. There is lots of variety in the tasks
ﬁnancially by your employer. You get
I perform on a daily basis, for example I can
additional beneﬁts for working extra shifts
perform antenatal booking interviews, teach and in particular areas of nursing such as
antenatal education classes and work in rural and remote isolated nursing areas,
the labour ward, the postnatal ward or the working different shifts can suit you and
neonatal nursery. There is always something your family’s lifestyle.
new to learn and always a new challenge to
maintain my interest. I am very interested in providing indigenous
Kristy Cooper health care as I have indigenous heritage.
Beneﬁts of being a midwife My family is traced back to Tasmanian
Rachel Thomas SENIOR REGISTERED NURSE, Fanny Cochrane Smith. I am her third great
There are many – the relationships you
REGISTERED MIDWIFE form with clients; the impact you can
CLINICAL COORDINATOR granddaughter. I want to give back to my
community by providing access to health care.
have on someone’s experience; constant What does your role involve?
What does your role involve? learning opportunities; working in a team Working in WA Health
I am a senior registered nurse employed
My work involves caring for women from environment; ﬂexibility of work hours; the A broad spectrum of nursing opportunities
with the WA Country Health Service
20 weeks gestation through to their ﬁrst ability to increase or decrease the hours is available and transition from job to job
few days at home with their new baby. I (WACHS) at the Coral Bay Nursing Post.
you work; and the variety in the tasks you is made easy through a big connected
perform clinical assessments on women We access doctors for medical advice over
perform each day. system. This system makes you aware of
with antenatal concerns, educate women the phone. This is a generalist speciality
all the potential jobs out there. WACHS has
and their partners on what to expect when area where you see a wide range of clinical
they are having a baby, care for women
Qualiﬁcations presentations in the clinic ranging from
programs available where you can travel WA
undertaking contracts of work here, there
during labour and birth. I also spend time I completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree people needing health advice to people
and everywhere and your travel is paid for.
facilitating the bonding experience between then a Post-Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. requiring emergency nursing care in life
It means the opportunities are endless.
mother and baby, teaching them how to There is now a direct entry midwifery degree. threatening situations. I choose to work in
care for their baby when they get home. this type of setting as it is very professionally Qualiﬁcations
Further education challenging and rewarding, allowing me to I undertook a Bachelor of Nursing through
Why did you choose midwifery? Masters of Midwifery and Neonatal Intensive provide comprehensive health care services the University of Tasmania, which took
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be a nurse, a Care course. to people who are geographically isolated me two and half years on an accelerated
teacher, study science or work with children. and have unique health care needs. pathway. I have since commenced my
As a midwife I get to do all of these things at Why did you choose nursing? Masters of Remote Health Practice – Nurse
once and I get to work in a role where there “I look forward to going to work. Practitioner. I have obtained a scholarship
I chose nursing as a pathway after I was in
is opportunity for continuity of care and I get the privilege of being a car accident in college. I had a two week
from the Nursing and Midwifery Ofﬁce to
building trusting relationships with clients. undertake this study.
involved in one of the most hospital stay and the nursing staff helped
I also wanted to travel with my work.
This year I am working in the UK for a few
special days of someone’s life.” my rehabilitation so much. I could see how
diverse, dynamic and rewarding the work
months as well as planning to take
of a nurse was and wanted to take on
“WA Health has such a broad
part in volunteer programs in the challenge of helping people improve spectrum of nursing
developing countries. their health. opportunities available.”
10 WA Health
Reward, recognition and Rhonda Marriott
employment During NAIDOC Perth celebrations in
2010, the Nursing and Midwifery Ofﬁce
delivered the inaugural Rhonda Marriott
Award for outstanding achievement and
WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander nurses and midwives. Enrolled
The WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards are an important
Nurse Rodney Monaghan, who is now
opportunity to publicly recognise and celebrate the achievements of Regional Aboriginal Health Coordinator
nurses and midwives who have made an outstanding contribution to the for the Pilbara, received this award for his
nursing and midwifery professions in Western Australia. dedicated service to the community.
“I would urge all patients and colleagues To nominate an outstanding
to nominate a nurse or midwife this year Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander nurse Rodney Monaghan
to recognise and value those who go the or midwife phone 9222 4395 or visit INAUGURAL RHONDA
extra mile and put their patients welfare www.nursing.health.wa.gov.au MARRIOTT AWARD RECIPIENT
and profession at the forefront of their
working day,” Sadie Geraghty - 2010
Nurse/Midwife of the Year.
For more details about nominations
and the gala event in September 2011
OF THE YEAR
Global Health Alliance Western Australia
In November 2010, WA Health helped 20 “This experience has tested everything these
student nurses spend two weeks in Tanzania student nurses have learnt over their entire
on a clinical placement. university careers,” Professor Jones said.
The students, from all ﬁve Western “They have now dealt with ethical
Australian universities, travelled to dilemmas, adult and infant deaths and a
Tanzania as part of the Global Health multitude of things they would never have
Alliance Western Australia. The alliance experienced during a clinical placement
was established in December 2009 to build
health system capacity and facilitate nursing
“Through all of this they have represented
Graduate Nurse and
and midwifery education and training in
partnership with developing countries.
their universities, Global Health Alliance
and themselves with a great deal of
Newly qualiﬁed enrolled nurses, registered nurses
The nursing students undertook placements professionalism.”
and midwives are encouraged to undertake a
at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University and WA Health Chief Nurse and Midwifery fully paid graduate program at one of the many
Amana Hospital in the former Tanzanian Ofﬁcer Adjunct Associate Professor Western Australian public hospitals and partner
capital Dar es Salaam. Catherine Stoddart was also in Tanzania private hospitals – St John of God Hospital
They also spent time in rural community during the students’ trip. With the Tanzanian (Subiaco and Murdoch) and Mercy Hospital.
health centres where they performed a Chief Nurse and senior nursing colleagues,
range of duties under clinical supervision. Ms Stoddart led a number of workshops
designed to support and improve nursing Applications for graduate programs
Global Health Alliance Western Australia and midwifery in Tanzania over the coming commencing ﬁrst half of 2012
Program Director Professor Mark Jones, who years by planning strategic initiatives in Open 4 July 2011
travelled with the group, said every student education, clinical training, research and
Close 19 July 2011
should be proud of their achievement. leadership development.
Aboriginal health workers Scholarships
Aboriginal health workers are at the health system that respects and works with Aboriginal and The Ofﬁce of Aboriginal Health scholarship program aims
Torres Strait Islander people. to increase the number of Aboriginal health workers in
forefront of one of WA Health’s biggest Western Australia by supporting Aboriginal students
challenges – closing the gap between Whether you’re thinking of studying in a health-related ﬁeld, undertaking health-related studies.
or you are already an Aboriginal health worker, audiologist,
indigenous and non-indigenous dentist, dental assistant, doctor, dietician, laboratory worker,
A full scholarship pays $6,000 a year and half scholarships
pay $3,000 a year. The program is open to Aboriginal
health outcomes. nurse, midwife, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, students who have been residents in WA for the past two
social worker or speech pathologist, WA Health is keen to years and are currently undertaking undergraduate full-
Through the Ofﬁce of Aboriginal Health, WA Health has
a range of Aboriginal employment initiatives aimed at hear from you. time study in an accredited health service university course
encouraging Aboriginal people to join these inspirational If you’re interested in contributing to Aboriginal health in (for example medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, social work,
workers in helping to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal occupational therapy or speech pathology) or an accredited
Western Australia, the Ofﬁce of Aboriginal Health website
and Torres Strait Islander people. health services course offered by TAFE or a registered
www.aboriginal.health.wa.gov.au has a guide for careers training organisation.
If you’re an Aboriginal person, you have a lot to offer. A in health. The website also has training maps showing
pathways through TAFE and university education and For more information about the scholarship program
better understanding of cultural difference translates into
information on providers offering qualiﬁcations in or about employment in WA Health, contact the
better policies and practice. By working in partnership with
Ofﬁce of Aboriginal Health on 9222 4024 or go to
Aboriginal people and communities, you can contribute to a Western Australia.
the website www.aboriginal.health.wa.gov.au
Employing Aboriginal health workers ensures Aboriginal
Western Australians receive culturally appropriate health care Working in WA Health
that meets their needs. WA Health has an amazing range
of beneﬁts such as nine per cent
superannuation, salary sacriﬁcing, study
leave and ﬂexible working hours. There are
heaps more beneﬁts, depending what area
you work in.
I do a lot of education on cultural
differences with health service staff both Qualiﬁcations
informally on a day-to-day basis and You need to complete through TAFE the
through formal cultural awareness talks. Certiﬁcate III and IV in Aboriginal and Torres
A lot of my work involves referring people Strait Islander Primary Health Care and Practice
to appropriate services such as the to work in a community health organisation
Aboriginal Medical Service or a hostel if and in a government health service.
someone is homeless.
Beneﬁts of the role Joanne Mongoo Aboriginal health workers can complete
Health is my ﬁeld. I have always worked a Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
in health. It is my passion just as my ABORIGINAL HEALTH WORKER Islander Primary Health Care and Practice
people are my passion, so this role is and study further for an advanced diploma.
perfect for me. What does your role involve? More information
I work with indigenous clients with chronic
Working in WA Health diseases to help them access health care
Visit the WA Health website at
www.aboriginal.health.wa.gov.au or visit
Having ALOs in the health system helps services in their community. Through www.trainingwa.wa.gov.au
to ensure indigenous people have access education programs and workshops I help Other training organisations include
Sue Walker to mainstream health care in a culturally clients make lifestyle changes such as diet Marr Mooditj (Perth)
ABORIGINAL LIAISON OFFICER sensitive way. and exercise to improve their health. www.marr-mooditj.com.au; Kimberley
Aboriginal Medical Service Council
What does your role involve?
Qualiﬁcations Aboriginal health workers provide daily
school health checks for students and www.kamsc.org.au; Bega Garnbirringu
I have been an enrolled nurse for over 30 (Kalgoorlie) www.bega.org.au; or Aboriginal
It is one of two Aboriginal Liaison Ofﬁcer educate parents and teachers on the
years and have a lot of local knowledge Health Council of Western Australia
(ALO) positions which are funded under importance of regular checks and
about the people, which helps. www.ahcwa.org
treatments for the child.
the $38.2 million Pilbara Health Initiative
between the State Government’s Royalties Salary and beneﬁts
for Regions program and major Pilbara “I have always worked in health. You can expect to earn between $40,000 “It’s rewarding to know you have
It is my passion just as my people and up to $58,000 per annum based on helped to educate your people
I try to help reduce the cultural barriers experience and the job requirements.
which Aboriginal people sometimes are my passion, so this role is about health issues.”
Job beneﬁts include working closely with
experience when in mainstream health care. perfect for me.” family groups and clients and being part of
I am able to calm them down and a team of doctors, nurses and other health
encourage them to stay and get treated. care professionals.
12 WA Health
Working in regional WA
Working in country Western Australia units and dental and mental health facilities, the WA
can be challenging and rewarding, both Country Health Service takes care of nearly as many births
as the state’s big maternity hospital and has the same
personally and professionally. If you’re number of emergency presentations as Perth metropolitan
considering a tree change, there are hospitals combined.
many great, unique experiences waiting There is a wide variety of health professional jobs open to
for you in country health. you including medical, nursing, health science, allied health
and health workers. Health jobs vary signiﬁcantly depending
WA Country Health Service is the biggest country health on the location. The level of support and scope of practice
service in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Made differs depending on the size of the health site – from sole
up of seven regions across the state and the Perth practitioner to part of a larger team.
area ofﬁce, the service helps provide health services to
around half a million people across 2.5 million kilometres.
Providing acute and primary health care in more than 70
hospitals across WA, as well as a large number of nursing
posts, remote area clinics, population health (community
and public) centres, aged care facilities, alcohol and drugs
There are many good reasons for you to consider working in
regional Western Australia. These include being able to work
across a wide range of environments in a variety of settings, a
diverse range of clinical experiences, meeting new people and
exploring Western Australia.
As a WA Country Health Service employee you are appointed
under an award that stipulates the basic conditions of the
role. In addition to award conditions, sites may provide
rural and remote speciﬁc allowances such as salary levels,
allowances and incentives, relocation assistance, salary
packaging options and accommodation allowances.
People living in country areas experience similar health
problems to those in metropolitan areas, with circulatory
diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, digestive disease and
injury and poisoning the major causes of hospitalisation
More than a job, it’s a lifestyle
Living in country WA offers you a unique personal
and lifestyle opportunity, including the chance to:
• explore Western Australia’s outback
• enjoy the relaxed and friendly lifestyle
• experience our diverse cultural heritage
• be part of a great community spirit
• enjoy an enormous range of fantastic recreational pursuits
• make new friends – for life.
rural way of life and work
The Pilbara Indigenous Employment Program
The Pilbara Indigenous Employment If you’re an indigenous person interested in a career in health
in the Pilbara, contact the Pilbara Indigenous Employment
Program was established to develop Program ofﬁce on 1300 759 745.
and encourage indigenous employment
opportunities in the Pilbara health sector.
Scholarships and graduate programs
Rural health professionals can apply for scholarships not
Funded under the $38.2 million Pilbara Health Initiative offered to people living in the metropolitan area.
between the State Government’s Royalties for Regions
The Australian Government offers a range of scholarship
program and major Pilbara industries, the program aims to options for postgraduate studies and training and development.
recruit a target of 100 new indigenous staff across a ﬁve-year
Nursing and allied health graduate programs, which aim to
period. Up to 20 additional indigenous people a year are set
help ﬁrst year graduates at the start of their rural practice
to receive employment and training opportunities in health experience, are on offer from Western Australian Country
services across the region. Health Service.
The program includes mentoring, promoting health careers If you are a new graduate, ask the health site you are
in Pilbara high schools and supporting young people to get considering working at if there is any speciﬁc support or
involved in activities such as adventure camps. It also promotes programs for graduate health professionals.
learning for non-Aboriginal staff through traditional healing For more information on the WA Country Health Service
and cultural awareness training for all new employees. contact 9223 8500.
Working in the country is different from working in the metropolitan
area. It can be a challenging and intensely rewarding experience.
Regional staff work hard to work together for a healthier country WA. Describe your achievements
I was named the Rural Registrar of the Year
2010 at the Rural Medicine Australia 2010
dinner, part of the national conference of
the Rural Doctors Association of Australia
and the Australian College of Rural and
Job beneﬁts include working in a team Remote Medicine.
environment with doctors, nurses, patients
and visitors, a wide variety of tasks across I felt humbled to receive such a prestigious
a number of departments with the award. There are plenty of deserving GP
registrars across the country and for me to
opportunity to learn new processes and
win is simply an honour.
programs, the opportunity to transfer within
and across WA Health services and support I hold membership of the Fellowship of
for further education.
Dr Sarah McEwan the Australian College of Rural and Remote
GP REGISTRAR Medicine and achieved an advanced
Qualiﬁcations diploma from the Royal Australian College
There are no formal qualiﬁcations required Your role in regional health of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
to be a medical records clerk. It will be an I work as a District Medical Ofﬁcer at the
advantage if you have experience and skills new Hedland Health Campus.
in clerical tasks, data processing and working
with customers. I was born and raised in Mudgee, NSW and “Sarah is one of the growing
Teresa Ferrara am from the Wiradjuri Aboriginal people.
Further training band of young doctors who
MEDICAL RECORDS CLERK I was inspired to become a country GP from
are ﬁnding that working in the
Advanced skills and further training in client an early age.
What does your role involve? management database and information I have a strong interest in indigenous health regions allows them to make real
processing computer programs could offer and since arriving in Port Hedland last June
I provide clerical support services for
job opportunities in other departments. contributions to the lives of their
maintaining hospital patient records. have worked hard at ﬁnding ways to provide
More information gender choice to the indigenous population patients,” WA Country Health
Using a range of ofﬁce equipment, I am when dealing with sensitive women’s issues. Service Pilbara Regional Director
required to process patient records and Visit the WA Health website at
information and maintain the register for www.health.wa.gov.au/careers/management.cfm I am also in the process of developing clinics Tina Chinery said.
or visit www.trainingwa.wa.gov.au to improve services to women during early
Freedom of Information applications.
There are short courses working with pregnancy and following childbirth.
Salary and beneﬁts and using computerised accounts, data
Rewards of your work
processing software and dealing with highly
You can expect to earn between $45,000
conﬁdential information. Being a GP is rewarding, challenging and
and up to $55,000 per annum based on life-changing. I love having the ability to
experience and the job requirements. have a direct impact on patients’ lives on a
“No day is the same. It keeps me
daily basis, build trust and provide continuity
interested in what I do.” of care.
14 WA Health
Support services Clerical support team
WA Health is committed to attracting and keeping
talented staff from all groups in the community.
You don’t need a university degree or an apprenticeship in health support services (client/patient
That is why it has formed a strong ongoing partnership
years of industry experience to work with Intework, a community-based provider of services for
Patient appliance ofﬁcers maintain a register of all Western Australians with disabilities, to create and develop
in health; there are many roles that appliances loaned to patients. They are responsible for all a clerical support team.
don’t involve any formal qualiﬁcations. aspects of appliance lending from ﬁnancial processes and
data entry to invoicing patients. While you don’t need a Since its beginning in 2000, the team has gone from
Every job in WA Health is considered formal qualiﬁcation, ofﬁce and administration skills are an strength to strength. It has grown in size and capability and
important to patient care and support advantage. There is often some informal training on the job. is now an integral part of WA Health. The team undertakes
data entry, bulk photocopying, mail outs, collating,
services are no exception. Pharmacy stores ofﬁcers are involved in acquiring, delivering, document binding, ﬁling and scanning for various areas in
Support services staff are employed in every hospital in receiving, cataloguing and distributing pharmacy stocks the department.
Western Australia. These roles help care for our patients, in the pharmacy store in a hospital. You need advanced
experience in pharmaceutical stores management and Work tasks and instructions are sent to Intework via fax,
support our clinical staff and help keep our hospitals and
stores control computing systems for this job. email, telephone and in person from various areas in the
health services running.
department. Intework matches team members’ skills with
Sterilisation technicians work in a Hospital Central Sterile
There are a wide range of jobs in this area of health work tasks to maximise efﬁciency and output. The Intework
Supply Department or Theatre Sterile Supply Unit cleaning,
embracing a variety of skills – cook/chef, food service disinfecting and sterilising re-usable medical devices and support staff show team members the work schedule,
attendant, linen assistant, patient appliance ofﬁcer, equipment and caring for surgical instruments. You need a allocate the jobs and direct them on task requirements.
patient care assistant, pharmacy stores ofﬁcer, sterilisation Certiﬁcate III in Sterilisation Services for this role. It’s a win for everyone. Team members beneﬁt through
technician, transport ofﬁcer, voluntary transport coordinator
For more information on working in support services visit increased morale, being included in the workplace and
and welfare ofﬁcer. One of these could be the job for you.
www.health.wa.gov.au/careers/support.cfm receiving support and training. WA Health wins by having
Linen assistants count, pack and deliver clean linen committed team members and a boost to productivity.
supplied daily from the laundry contractors to wards
and departments for patients use. You don’t need formal Support services staff are employed
qualiﬁcations for this position and informal training is in every hospital throughout
provided on the job.
Western Australia. They include
Medical orderlies assist medical and/or nursing staff.
Duties can range from transporting patients to setting up
cleaners, orderlies, ward staff and
specialised hospital equipment such as bed traction. You can kitchen hands.
work as an orderly without formal qualiﬁcations or complete
What does your role involve? can access an apprenticeship or traineeship
I’m in charge of all the fresh cooking and preparation of through your school. If you are no longer at school you
meals in the hospital kitchen, as well as dishing up meals. can apply for a traineeship and get paid while you learn
I also coordinate the general running of the kitchen, which and work. An apprenticeship can take between three and
includes staff rosters and ordering in the food. four years to complete, while a traineeship can take nine to
We prepare patient meals as well as catering for things
like staff training days and health awareness events. We Further training
work pretty hard here and we all do our very best. We pride Chefs tend to be quite organised people so many chefs tend
ourselves on quality, fresh food and enjoy offering good to move into operational roles, using their skills to move up
meals to the patients. We know they enjoy it too, because the ladder.
they tell us so.
I have been a chef at Armadale hospital for 28 years now. Visit the WA Health website at
It does require a lot of effort and commitment and you www.health.wa.gov.au/careers/support.cfm or talk to
need to be prepared to be busy at work. I feel proud your school’s VET Coordinator if you are still at school and
about making a contribution to the hospital and like
interested in starting your training now through VET in
the environment I work in.
Schools. If you’re not at school and are interested in an
Salary and beneﬁts apprenticeship, visit the ApprentiCentre at
My job ﬁts in with my lifestyle and the job satisfaction is www.trainingwa.gov.au/apprenticentre/detcms/portal
good too. We work on a rotating two-week system of three
shifts: early morning, mid-morning and afternoon shifts.
Paul Bifﬁn Chefs can expect to earn between $33,500 and $48,500 a “Being a chef in WA Health is a good
CHEF year depending on experience. job. It is a rewarding job if you get
Qualiﬁcations pleasure out of cooking.”
To become a qualiﬁed chef you generally need to
complete an apprenticeship. If you are still at school you
What do patient care assistants do? Further training
I help the nurses and doctors and get involved in patient We have updates every 12 months on things like manual
care. I work in emergency so my job is pretty varied and can handling, hygiene and infection control. Some people start
include anything from getting patients out of cars to sitting as a patient care assistant and go on to other careers in
with patients, getting a piece of equipment for a doctor, health such as a Diploma in Nursing or medicine.
washing down trolleys or transferring patients to and
from wards. More information
We have a really good team in the emergency ward. We all Visit the WA Health website at
know our roles and we work well together. It’s a supportive www.health.wa.gov.au/careers/support.cfm or the
environment and there’s a lot of job satisfaction in what we Department of Training at www.training.wa.gov.au
do. I’ve been doing it for eight years now.
I love it when I see the children come in sick and go out of
the ward laughing or smiling or when you see a really sick
patient who’s making progress. “To anyone thinking of working as a
Salary patient care assistant I say go for it. It
Patient care assistants can earn from $40,000 a year. is so enjoyable, and you get so much
Qualiﬁcations satisfaction out of it.”
You need a Certiﬁcate III in Health Services Assistance
Wendy Whiteford or a Certiﬁcate III or Certiﬁcate IV in Aged Care Services.
You can also become a patient care assistant through an
PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT apprenticeship in Health Support Services (Client/Patient
Support Services) through WA Health.
What do hospital service assistants do? Further training
I work on a busy ward helping nursing staff with patient I have to use machines and specialised equipment such
care. My day can involve anything from taking patients to as hoists in my daily work and I need to know about the
appointments in the hospital and returning them to their different types of beds. I have become a hospital service
ward; to helping clean rooms, collecting and returning assistant trainer so I can assess the skills of other staff and
equipment; picking up blood products; dropping off help them use the equipment we have to make our jobs
specimens at pathology; or picking up medications from easier and safer.
What I really like about my job is working with others in a
team and knowing I can help patients and brighten their Visit the WA Health website at
day. Many patients I deal with are longer term or regular www.health.wa.gov.au/careers/support.cfm
patients, so I really get to know them well.
Hospital Service Assistants can earn from $40,000 per year
“You need to be physically able to
and are able to work their way into supervisory or specialised perform the duties and have excellent
roles such as patient drivers.
You do not need any formal qualiﬁcations to become a
hospital service assistant but you must have good written
and spoken English, be physically able to perform the duties
and have excellent patient and customer service skills.
HOSPITAL SERVICE ASSISTANT
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WA Health will be at the
WA Health is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination in Careers, Employment and Education Expo
providing our service. We embrace diversity and strongly encourage 12-15 May, 2011
applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from
culturally diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities. Thursday and Friday - 9am to 3pm
Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 4pm
Perth Convention Exhibition Centre
Admission is free