Educating carers to support our ageing community – TAFE Queensland

Shannon has over 10 years’ experience working in the health industry, and is equipped with the skills and knowledge to help shape the next generation of healthcare professionals.

Shannon relishes the idea of helping people remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible.

“I truly enjoy getting to know individuals and developing a therapeutic working relationship that is holistic and tailored to meet their needs,” she said.

Having spent most of her career working within the community sector, as well as being an educator at a disability support organisation, Shannon jumped at the opportunity to take on a role with TAFE Queensland when the opportunity arose.

“I am so passionate about impacting and influencing the next generation of healthcare professionals. I think it is so important to teach the simplest things as they can often make the biggest difference. I love watching my students flourish and grow,” she said.

As part of her role at TAFE Queensland, Shannon has maintained a close relationship with industry, attending networking opportunities, being invited to interagency meetings, and regularly liaising with her contacts in order to keep abreast of industry changes.

“Now that I am an educator in individual support, I stay current with industry by still working as a Registered Nurse,” she said.

Shannon has also been impressed by the specialised facilities and equipment she and her students have access to at TAFE Queensland.

“The equipment is what we would see and use in industry. There is an impressive set up here at the Roma campus for me to use,” she said.

For anyone considering starting or switching to a career in healthcare, Shannon says now’s a great time to get started in this growing industry.

“There are lots of jobs! Starting with your Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) can be a steppingstone to so many possible pathways,” she said.