Inquiry into the Delivery of VET in Regional, Rural and Remote Queensland

18 January 2023

Category: Submissions

QAMH welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Education, Employment and Training Committee as part of its inquiry into the delivery of VET in regional, rural and remote Queensland. The VET system plays an integral role in the delivery of community mental health and wellbeing services, with the Certificate IV in Mental Health and the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work both common pathways into the sector. These two qualifications have undoubtedly been a welcome addition to the VET system. In many instances they have enabled school leavers and those seeking a mid-career change to develop a foundational knowledge of how to support people experiencing mental distress.

However, the delivery of the two Certificate IVs has not been without its challenges. Significant concerns have been raised about the suitability of the content and delivery, as well as a perceived lack of academic support and difficulty securing student placements.

Our response to this submission explores these challenges and pose some potential solutions.

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