Northeast Health Wangaratta

Taylah Malcolm, NHW Dental Assistant

Opportunities for School Students

Phone: +61 (03) 5722 5149
Margaret Boyd Education Centre
Dixon Street, Wangaratta VIC 3677
Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm

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.

Work experience areas for secondary students

School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)
School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) 2019

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.

Year 11 and year 12 students can also apply to for specialist programs such as Medicine, Paediatrics, Midwifery or Allied Health professions i.e. Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy.

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:

  • Aged Care
  • Community-based Programs
  • Critical Care
  • Day Stay Unit
  • Dental Clinic
  • Dialysis Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Medical and Surgical Ward
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology

Students on work experience will be at the hospital from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday).

How do I apply for work experience? You can apply for work experience at Northeast Health in one of two ways:

  1. Apply through your local school counsellor – local schools generally negotiate block placements for students at the beginning of each school year.
  2. 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

School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)

At Northeast Health, you can participate in School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs). These are available in both clinical and non-clinical areas, giving you the opportunity to complete entry-level traineeships while you are still at school. If you are enrolled in an SBAT, you complete your theory work through a local TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You also undertake paid work for 1 day a week in the relevant area at Northeast Health.

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Non-clinical SBATs
You can choose to complete a Certificate II in Health Support Services.
Areas available are:

  • Business Administration
  • Supply & Logistics
  • Information Technology

Clinical SBATs
In this program, you will complete a Certificate III in a clinical area.
Areas available are:

  • Aged Care
  • Allied Health
  • Dental Services.
  • Other specialty areas may be available on request.

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Vocational education training in schools (VETIS)

If you are a student in Year 10, 11 or 12, you can participate in the Vocational Education Training in Schools (VETIS) health program. This program allows you to study a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance and a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance over a two-year period. You are also expected to work one day every two weeks, alternating with your theory classes at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE.

Useful Links

GOTAFE – Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

ATEL – Apprentices Trainees Employment Ltd

Taylah Malcolm’s story

Taylah Malcolm, NHW Dental Assistant
Taylah Malcolm, NHW Dental Assistant

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 the 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.