by Sarah Weir
From Yarrabah to Hawaii
TAFE Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care teacher Daniel Noble is swapping his classroom at the Cairns campus for health centres in Hawaii.
Mr Noble is heading overseas with eight Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice students for a 10-day TAFE Queensland Study Abroad tour.
“I can’t wait to get to Hawaii, and I know all of the students are really excited about the trip too,” Mr Noble said.
“The visit coincides with National Rural Health Day, which shines a spotlight on rural health care professionals and the unique health care challenges facing rural and Indigenous populations.
“The Study Abroad trip will enable our students to visit clinics and health centres in Hawaii to gain an insight into how health care is approached in other parts of the world.
“The students will be able to share their own experiences and potentially learn new strategies, which they can bring home and implement in their workplaces and communities,” he said.
Mr Noble, a Gunggandji man from Yarrabah, said he’s looking forward to meeting new people and joining the movement for promoting and protecting good health worldwide.
“I’m passionate because I want to get the message out there about healthy lifestyles and making a difference in terms of our health, which involves healthy eating and exercising, as well as looking after our social and emotional well-being,” Mr Noble said.
During the trip, Mr Noble and the students will also get to experience the sights of Hawaii.
“We will have some free time in our itinerary to explore parts of Oahu and Big Island, which I’m sure will be a lot of fun,” Mr Noble said.
The TAFE Queensland Study Abroad program launched in 2014 and by the end of 2019, 330 students will have studied overseas as part of their training.
TAFE Queensland International Executive Director Janelle Chapman said Study Abroad programs offer students incredibly rewarding and rare real-life learning experiences.
“All Study Abroad programs contribute to course requirements and credits towards qualifications, and are a great way for students to gain valuable hands-on work experience,” Ms Chapman said.
“Our wonderful teachers also travel with students to not only assess their learning, but also to work alongside them and ensure they are safe, supported and set up for success.
“We are very proud of our students and teachers as they volunteer their time and take their skills abroad to help communities in need throughout the world,” she said.
Interested in gaining international work experience as part of your studies? Visit tafeqld.edu.au or call 1300 308 233 today to learn more about the range of TAFE Queensland Study Abroad tours available.
Daniel Noble. Image: supplied
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