Deadly Start Pathways

Mater Education is proud to partner with Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) and Brisbane North West Trade Training Centre and WesTEC to deliver a dedicated program for school students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, to explore pathways for a career in healthcare.

This program will deliver a nationally recognised HLT23215 Certificate II in Health Support Services qualification over six months, and provide students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the health sector. Throughout the program, students will learn:
• Infection control and safety
• First aid and CPR
• Delivering quality healthcare to patients
• Communication in the health industry
• Roles and duties of an assistant in nursing
• Career options within the health industry

Program delivery

The program will be available to commence study in Term 1 2021.

Students will be required to attend weekly vocational classes over six months, and must also complete a compulsory workplace visit towards the end of the program, at one of Mater’s exceptional hospitals (South Brisbane or Springfield).

Students may study at one of our dedicated locations. While we will endeavour to accommodate your preferred location, start date and contact days, these will all be subject to availability and will be negotiated with your school upon enrolment.

Mater Education South Brisbane Campus

Mater Education Mitchelton Hub

Mater Education Springfield Hub

Mater Education Caboolture Hub

Mater Education Redcliffe Hub
Eligible students are able to access Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) funding, funded by the Queensland Government’s VET Investment Plan.

Students who are not eligible for VETIS funding will be advised of the program cost upon application.

Additional costs may be incurred to meet hospital dress codes during the workplace visit.
Students have the option to continue their studies and obtain a Certificate III in July 2021 via either:

Deadly Start Traineeship Program
Duration: 15 months
MNHHS offers a range of traineeships for students who have completed the Cert II program and have a desire to further explore a nursing, dental, allied health, patient support services or health administration career.
Traineeships will be facilitated at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital, Caboolture Hospital, and Community and Oral Health facilities following an expression of interest process.

Mater Education Gap Program
Duration: 12 weeks
Students can complete a 12 week gap program to obtain a HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance directly through Mater Education – Queensland’s only nationally accredited and independent hospital-based RTO. The HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance course has an additional fee of $750 per student.
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Currently no sessions are available for this course.

Please contact us to find out about upcoming sessions for this course.

Cohort Location Actions
VETiS Certificate II in Health Support Services - 2020 T3 - Fri - Mitchelton South Brisbane Closed
VETiS Certificate II in Health Support Services - 2020 T3 - Thu Metro South Brisbane Closed
VETiS Certificate II in Health Support Services - 2020 T3 - Wed Kedron South Brisbane Closed
VETiS Certificate II in Health Support Services - 2020 T4 - Mon Mater Springfield South Brisbane Closed

VETIS Certificate II in Health Support Services - Health Experience
Come along to our Open Day to check out our facilities, speak to students and educations and ask as many questions as you need!

Mater Education Open Day

Currently no sessions are available for this course.

Please contact us to find out about upcoming sessions for this course.

Cert II in Health Support Services [Mitchelton]
The program will be delivered at Mater Education’s Health Hub locations:

Mater Education
Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane Qld 4101

WesTEC Trade Training Centre
110 Nev Smith Drive, Springfield Qld 4300

Brisbane North West Trade Training Centre
Turnbull Street, Mitchelton Qld 4053
About Deadly Start

The initiative
Deadly Start is a pilot program that has been developed by MNHHS to attract, engage, train and employ young Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander peoples into the Health Industry by providing Traineeship opportunities in Assistant in Nursing, Allied Health Assistant and Dental Assistant in 2019; with a view to expanding the program into the future.

The young, Indigenous Traineeship program sits within an overall ‘Grow Your Own Work Force’ (GYOworkforce) strategy called Education2Employment Pathways, developed by Qld Health Workforce Strategy Branch:

These health career pathways are structured through career inspiration days, vocational education, training and practical learning experiences to support entry level employment or university course selection and completion.

Why has it been created?

1.  To reach a target of three per cent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment by 2022

As at October 2018, a little more than one per cent of MNHHS’s current workforce identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, which equates to just 201 staff.

However, our target is three per cent, which equates to approximately 540 Full Time Equivalents (FTEs). 

Without a targeted and proactive approach, this target won’t be realised - Deadly Start is an additional strategy to help us meet our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

2.   To provide culturally-appropriate care
Culturally-appropriate care is two-fold – it is about increasing success through the practical, as well as the experiential, elements of our patients’ treatment.
  • Patient experiences of health care services impact, directly, on their health-related behaviours and health outcomes
  • Indigenous Australians are much more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to leave hospitals without completing treatment.
  • People who take their own leave from hospital are far more likely to re-present to emergency departments, and to have higher mortality rates.

Being able to connect our patients with staff who understand and address the fears they may be experiencing, is crucial to reducing the level of Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA) among Indigenous patients.

Culturally-appropriate care means having staff our patients trust through a shared cultural heritage, who can take the time to explain the situation, talk them through areas such as their treatment options and what they can expect, as well as help them to understand why they are being given certain medications and how to make sure they are effective, is an important step toward Closing the Gap on health outcomes for Indigenous patients.


3.   To be the catalyst for generational change
Access to education, employment and healthcare influence the quality of life, and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, however to lift these rates, we need to work toward longer-term approaches, that focus on generational change.


Deadly Start address all three of these challenges from the ground up, by creating a program that takes students from recruitment all the way through to employment outcomes, with incredible support structures from simple things like access to transportation to attend training and work, through to quality mentorship with a strategic focus on higher retention rates.  

Apply for upcoming dates

To apply for upcoming dates or to speak with our team about the VETiS program, please contact us at or 07 3163 3777.