Education & Training
Professional development and teaching opportunities are well supported in the Coffs Coast region, with a range of flexible options available - from Certificate level through to Postgraduate research and teaching positions.
Health education and training options in Coffs Harbour include:
The University of NSW Rural Clinical School has a Campus co-located with the Base Hospital on the Coffs Harbour Health Campus. It offers an integrated teaching program where students work closely with several patients, following them through their treatment and closely observing and participating in total patient care, and gaining a holistic view of medicine. Well qualified and experienced teachers are drawn from the ranks of local GPs and specialists provide enthusiastic and professional support to students.
The Rural Clinical School has teaching and research opportunities for local health professionals. The School is committed to promoting research excellence and aims to establish collaborative research relationships with government agencies, rural communities, other universities, health authorities and non-government agencies. The School supports a wide variety of research activities and projects including tobacco cessation, youth health, GP wellbeing and aged services.
The Rural Clinical School aims to undertake research that is practical and useful, improving the medical care of people in rural, regional and remote parts of New South Wales, and to liberate people from diminished life chances and disablement brought about by disease.
Southern Cross University has become a regional leader in the provision of graduate Nurses and will continue to do so with the recent expansion to accommodate more than 125 Bachelor of Nursing students per year.
Southern Cross University's School of Health and Human Sciences is committed to providing patient-centred health care education for practitioners, offering inter-professional practice and learning that embraces the expanding definition of health care work. The University's Coffs Harbour campus offers undergraduate degrees in nursing and psychology.
The University's flexible distance education postgraduate degrees provide health care workers the opportunity for ongoing professional development across a range of clinical sciences including specialty nursing streams and other areas of allied health.
The Coffs Harbour Campus of North Coast TAFE has been expanding its teaching to meet the increasing demand in the areas of Nursing and Aged Care.
The Community Services and Health Faculty of the North Coast TAFE specialises in meeting the vocational education and training needs of industry and the community across the areas of Aged Care Work, Children’s Services, Community Welfare, Disabilities, Youth Work, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Nursing (Nursing Assistant), Fitness and Massage Therapy.
Business Capability Consultant, Community Services and Health
T: (02) 6659 3140
W: TAFE Community Services & Health courses
Aged Services Learning and Research Centre
The Aged Services Learning and Research Centre (ASLaRC) is part of the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. The Centre aims to improve social, medical and economic services for older people (both frail and healthy) throughout the North Coast of NSW and more broadly, through research, education programs and community engagement. In addition, ASLaRC contributes to education, research and policy initiatives in ageing at a state, national and international level.
Professor Colleen Cartwright
T: (02) 6659 3197
F: (02) 6659 3622
Registered Training Organisations
Coffs Harbour is home to a number of other Registered Training Organisations that can deliver whole or parts of training packages during the year, including accredited VET courses in aged care and other health-related fields.
You can search for RTOs in the Coffs Harbour area by selecting 'Coffs Harbour' in the location field and clicking 'Search' on this page on the NSW Dept of Education and Communities website.