TAFE in the health, allied health, medical and dental sciences


Some interesting examples follow, including apprenticeships and traineeships, mainly from RMIT University (dual sector):

Cert III, Cert IV, Diploma Mortuary Technician or Assistant

Workers undertaking a qualification in this industry develop skills that enable them to confirm physical health status, implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements, assist with autopsy techniques, assist in the development of procedures for mortuary services, and collect pathology specimens and assist with testing samples.

A mortuary is the place where dead bodies are stored temporarily and, if required, an autopsy is performed. Mortuaries are found either attached to a funeral home, as part of a Department or Institute of Forensic Medicine or in some cases, part of a hospital facility. In Australia, the majority of bodies of the deceased are stored in the mortuary of a funeral home.

Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing

Optical dispensers work closely with optometrists, ophthalmologists and other healthcare professionals to provide optimum solutions for eye care and eyewear needs.

They interpret ophthalmic prescriptions to provide patients with advice on spectacle frames, lens selection, contact lenses, sunglasses and safety eyewear.

Optical dispensers have a detailed understanding of spectacle frames and lenses, including their performance characteristics and effects on vision.

They’re also trained to perform spectacle repairs and fitting of lenses into frames as part of a unique fashion, health and technology-based industry.

Certificate IV in Optical Technology

This qualification is from the Health Training Package. It covers the skills and knowledge for the manufacture of ophthalmic appliances that comply with Australian Standards.

Duties may be performed in a range of work environments including manufacturing laboratories, wholesale and retail environments. Workers may be employed within a manufacturing organisation or may be an owner/operator. Workers are expected to work independently and may be responsible for the work of others. This qualification is suited to apprenticeships pathways.

Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

In this program you’ll develop broad scientific knowledge, specialise in molecular biology skills and gain practical experience to start your career in the exciting and diverse biotechnology industry.

As a biotechnologist you’ll apply your knowledge of living systems to solving important practical issues including controlling disease and making the environment safer.

You’ll provide technical support to scientists working in research, production and testing positions in government and commercial laboratories.

Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

As a medical laboratory technician or assistant, you’ll conduct routine laboratory tests for pathologists, microbiologists/bacteriologists, biochemists, clinical chemists, pharmacologists or veterinarians.

Working under supervision, you’ll:

  • examine micro-organisms or changes in cells and tissues
  • perform chemical analyses of blood and other body fluids
  • assist with research into biochemical or genetic processes.

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

As an allied health professional, you’ll work alongside health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologist to facilitate rehabilitation and to encourage optimal health.

Allied health workers assist patients carrying out routine physiotherapy or hydrotherapy exercises in groups or individually.

Other roles include helping to implement general care and assisting with ongoing therapy, as well as working with patients in recreational and leisure activities.

Allied health assistants also support the training of people with disabilities to care for themselves and develop independent living skills.

Work is not limited to hospitals. Allied health assistants can also find employment in community health, rehabilitation centres or via home and special needs school visits.

Certificate III in Aged Care

With an ageing population, there is an increasing demand for aged care workers in Australia.

This nationally recognised qualification is the perfect introduction to your future career in the community services industry and provides an excellent pathway for entering into a range of community services and health professions.

You’ll undertake a range of learning strategies that will include class based engagement and a practical work placement of approximately 130 hours in a residential aged care facility.

You’ll learn how to advocate for and support service users in relation to:

  • personal care
  • health care
  • access and inclusion
  • independence
  • dignity
  • psychological well being
  • dementia care.

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

The role of an alcohol and other drugs (AOD) worker is diverse and offers many exciting and challenging career opportunities. You’ll learn how to provide a range of services and interventions to clients with AOD and other complex care issues.

Graduates are employed in a range of contexts such as community mental health and AOD organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services.

This program combines workshops, field trips and practical work experience. Your teachers are experienced and highly-skilled professionals currently working in the AOD and complex care sector.

Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

The program is suitable for people working as WHS coordinators, advisors and facilitators who may or may not work under supervision. They may provide leadership and guidance to others and have some limited responsibility for the output of others.

Diploma of Work Health and Safety

RMIT’s specialised program is designed to give you the core skills and knowledge to develop and implement strategies and initiatives designed to keep your workplace safe.

If you coordinate and maintain work health and safety (WHS) policies and initiatives or are looking for a WHS management, or otherwise senior role, this program is for you.

You will develop a sound knowledge of WHS competencies for planning, implementing and evaluating your own work and the work of others with safety responsibilities.

Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics

This National Training Package qualification provides you with the knowledge and clinical and practical skills required for registration as a dental prosthetist in Australia.

You’ll be based at the RMIT facilities at Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, Victoria’s primary and leading teaching hospital for the dental profession.

As well as your technical skills, you’ll gain the business management skills you need to work independently to provide complete and partial denture services and mouthguards to the public.

Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

You’ll receive training in contemporary dental hygiene practice, specifically directed to develop your ability to work in both the private and the government sectors in accordance with the legislative provisions.

RMIT’s dental programs are conducted at state-of-the-art facilities at Melbourne’s Royal Dental Hospital, giving you access to cutting edge technology and techniques.

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

This National Training Package qualification allows you to specialise in one of the following areas: dental practice administration, dental radiography, general anaesthesia or oral health promotions.

Diploma of Dental Technology

This program is offered in two modes: apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship

As a dental technician, you’ll use impressions taken by a dentist or dental prosthetist to manufacture a range of appliances including dentures, crowns, bridges and orthodontic appliances.

Dental technicians provide support to dental personnel in public hospitals, and public and private dental laboratories and clinics.

The apprenticeship mode combines classroom learning with on-the-job training. RMIT staff will liaise closely with your workplace supervisors to your individual learning needs are being met.

In the full-time program (non-apprenticeship mode), you’ll learn in the state-of-the-art simulated workplace environments at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, in Carlton, and gain experience in all aspects of dental technology.

Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy

This program builds on your existing skills as a remedial massage therapist and will progress your understanding of myotherapy both as a discipline and as a career.

You’ll deepen your understanding of the musculoskeletal system and inherent movement patterns. You’ll apply clinical reasoning to uncover the underlying causes of pain, develop sophisticated skills in palpation, perform refined movement assessment tests, functional movement analysis, and nerve tension tests.

Through this program you’ll develop advanced techniques to treat myofascial pain (caused by trauma or muscle contracture), neuropathic pain (from the nervous system) and articular pain (in the joints). You’ll increase your skill with treatment methods such as deep tissue modalities, myofascial techniques, triggerpoint therapy, cupping, myofascial dry needling, prescriptive and rehabilitation exercises, joint mobilisation and pain management techniques.

RMIT’s vocational focus will see you enhance your client consultation practices, learn to develop preventative management plans, and use evidence-based treatment protocols.

In RMIT’s Myotherapy Teaching Clinic, you’ll be able to apply your practical skills and learn advanced business skills needed to manage staff and run your own practice. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement with one of RMIT’s industry placement partners.

Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

This program gives you the practical skills and technical knowledge to work as a relaxation massage therapist.

You’ll learn therapeutic massage techniques to alleviate stress, reduce pain and promote health and wellbeing. You’ll have the chance to practise these skills and learn how to manage a clinic through our simulated clinic environment.

You’ll attend day and, potentially, evening classes.

The focus is on practically applying your learned skills and knowledge, teaching you not just how to do things, but also why.

This program is the entry-level qualification in the massage industry. On successful completion you are guaranteed entry into the RMIT Diploma of Remedial Massage qualification.

The Myotherapy Teaching Clinic offers assessment, treatment and management of soft tissue injuries including myofascial dry needling. The clinic offers students the opportunity to develop their practical skills under expert guidance.

Diploma of Remedial Massage

This program teaches you the practical skills and theoretical knowledge of remedial massage required to assess soft tissue problems.

You will be able to practise as a remedial massage therapist working in the following areas:

  • self-employed as an independent Remedial Therapist
  • multi-disciplinary practice as part of a team of other Allied Health Practitioners
  • hospitals, aged care facilities and other health organisations
  • gyms or sporting clubs
  • health spas or cruise ships

You’ll learn how to use a variety of remedial treatment and assessment skills to provide remedial treatment to clients with specific needs. These skills are based on comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, regional musculoskeletal and systemic pathology as well as injury management and rehabilitation.

Most of your industry experience will take place at RMIT’s city-based Myotherapy Student Clinic.

You’re taught not just how to do things, but also why, meaning you’ll be able to apply your skills and knowledge to practical situations.

RMIT’s links with industry will give you opportunities to put your skills to work while you study.

If you complete this program, you are guaranteed entry into the RMIT’s Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy).


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