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Max Davies
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A new mental health course, designed for careers in providing care to individuals with mental illness and psychiatric disabilities, is now offered at Kangan Institute.

Launched in July, under Technical and Further Education, TAFE, Certificate IV in Mental Health is an 11-month course that prepares individuals with the skills and training to work in mental health support.

In light of World Mental Health Day today, October 10, Kangan Institute is celebrating the international day with a spotlight on students who are working towards a career in the field. 

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TAFE student Sinead O’Connell, of Heathcote Junction, said the program enabled her progress to work towards a career, with hope its training would make a positive difference among young people. 

“I’m studying this course because I’ve suffered from mental health issues all my life. I’m in recovery, but I’m in a place now where I can help other people,” she said. 

“I hope to empower people to choose a quality life. I hope to empower people to advocate for themselves and to see past their illness and see themselves as a human being.”

With the mental health sector facing skill and labour challenges under the 2022-23 Victorian Skills Plan, Kangan Institute acting chief executive Janelle Arena said the new course was to support individuals for a career in an in-demand sector. 

“Kangan Institute is committed to working with the Victorian Government and industry to deliver skills and training that align to critical skill needs,” she said. 

“Through our new mental health course, we are providing students like Sinead with a pathway into a sector experiencing strong demand and increasing job opportunities right across Australia.

“We are thrilled to be part of the learning journey of our new mental health students, and we look forward to the impact that they’ll make as part of the future mental health workforce.”

Mental health courses are being considered as part of the offering in the new Health and Community Centre of Excellence at Broadmeadows campus set to open in 2025. 

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