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According to a Jobs Queensland report published in September 2017, health is one of the fastest growing fields on the Fraser Coast, spurred on by the region’s aging population – which means there are plenty of opportunities available for those searching for a rewarding career helping others.

After launching its $250,000 purpose-built Health Industry Training Centre in January and expanding course listings to cater to this boom in the health sector, TAFE Queensland opened the doors of its Hervey Bay campus to the community in order to provide those interested in a career of caring for others with all the information they need to get started.

A range of stalls operated by local health services and training providers with their finger on the pulse of the industry were set up on campus on Thursday, 30 November. There was also guest speakers from a number of disciplines, including Local Workability Coordinator Melinda Everett, Community Lifestyle Agency Operations Manager Jess Lane, TAFE Queensland Mental Peer Work Coordinator Tracy Galaud, and TAFE Queensland Access and Equity Program Coordinator Paula Ingles.

Centre Director for Community Services and Health, Robyn Littlejohn said the expo was an effort to help the community make the most of local employment opportunities.

“The $44 million upgrade of the Hervey Bay Hospital is providing local opportunities for our Diploma of Nursing students, but there is a huge demand for skilled and dedicated workers in other areas of the health industry as well,” said Ms Littlejohn.

“The region’s aging population has seen a boom in the number of aged care facilities in Hervey Bay, which means jobs for our community services students. Then there is the roll out of the NDIS in 2019, which will also open up opportunities for disability workers in the region.

“While a career in the health services industry might seem daunting to some, it’s an incredibly rewarding path, and this expo will shine a light on that.”

With the Fraser Coast’s rapidly growing population resulting in the expansion of the region’s health services, there has never been a more exciting time to pursue a career in the health industry in Hervey Bay.

TAFE Queensland Heath and Lifestyle Services Expo will be heading to Bundaberg on 14 February 2018.

Pictured is Wide Bay and Burnett Workability Working Group members Melinda Everett (Coordinator) and Steve Howard (TAFE Queensland East Coast Business Development Officer) with Prue Gooding (TAFE Queensland East Coast Events and Promotions Officer).