Passion for health promotion pays off
Louise Galey's interest in health promotion was sparked when she witnessed her stepfather’s struggle to give up smoking.
She was living in Tasmania when she noticed an online job advertisement for a Northern Territory Government traineeship in population health.
After being successful in her application process, Louise moved to Darwin and was the first person to undertake the Certificate IV in Population Health traineeship in the Northern Territory.
Relocating to the top end had its challenges, but Louise overcame these and completed her course ahead of time.
“I really enjoyed the traineeship because I had a good balance of study and on-the-job training,” Louise said.
“I was learning in a very supportive environment and towards the end of the traineeship my employer had confidence in me to deliver important training to health workers without supervision.”
Louise’s work contributed to her team’s nomination for a Northern Territory Chief Minister’s Award in 2011 and she has also delivered training courses and developed protocols relevant to her field.
In 2013, Louise was named Northern Territory’s Trainee of the Year and was a finalist in the Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year category at the Australian Training Awards.
She says undergoing a traineeship provided her with a nationally recognised qualification while learning skills from people with years of experience in the field.
“There are more options than going to university or straight into a job after school,” she said.
“If you want to become a skilled worker, a traineeship is a really good choice because it gives you the option of learning on and off-the-job whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification that can be used anywhere in Australia.
“My traineeship has made my career goal to work in a management focused role in health promotion and population health a real possibility.