Souths Cares is celebrating the achievements of five School-Based Trainees from Western Sydney who have recently completed their Certificate 3 in Allied Health Assistance and graduated with their HSC.

Hailey Blades, Tahlia Evans, Kyra Trewlynn, Eliana Willie and Jack Winters all commenced their Traineeships in February 2022 and were referred to Souths Cares Barranggirra Program for holistic mentoring support throughout their training journeys.

Prior to commencing their Traineeships, all students worked hard to meet their School Certificate requirements to be eligible for the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) School Based Traineeship Program.

The Allied Health Traineeship provided participants with great opportunities to learn about the health sector through their placements at Blacktown, Westmead and Mt Druitt Hospitals. A typical day for the Trainees would see them supporting patients with exercise and rehab, monitoring observation charts, completing ability assessments and assisting multi-disciplinary teams with patient care.

Eliana Willie obtained her HSC at Bidwill High School whilst also completing her School-Based Traineeship at Blacktown Hospital and stated Souths Cares played pivotal role in her success.

Eliana Willie, School-Based Trainee

The support I received over the past two years in the classroom, TAFE and workplace made all the difference to finishing my Traineeship. The Barranggirra mentors always demonstrated compassion, commitment and dedication to all the IAHA students to get us over the line

Throughout the course of their School-Based Traineeships, Barranggirra Mentors would attend Kingswood TAFE each fortnight to assist students with their study, facilitate group mentoring sessions and provide individual support to ensure each trainee was successfully managing their increased study workloads.

Corey Kelly, Barranggirra Mentor explained the group of five School-Based Trainees can be extremely proud of their achievements.

"I’ve been inspired by Hailey, Tahlia, Kyra, Eliana and Jack working so hard over the past two years to not only gain their HSC’s but complete a School-Based Traineeship at the same time.

They have all overcome their unique challenges and pushed themselves out of their comfort zones", Corey said.

The Barranggirra Program will continue supporting the School-Based Trainees for at least the next six months, with all members of the group having aspirations to commence University courses next year after receiving their HSC results.

The Barranggirra Program is proudly support by Training Services NSW.

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