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Getting started in the allied health assistance industry

Holmesglen allied health assistance graduate Jillian Hardy believes education starts with a student-first approach. Her story is reflective of the positive outcomes when one is made to feel like an individual and not simply another face in a classroom.

“Holmesglen was extremely helpful and understanding,” Jillian says as an introduction. “I never felt uneasy to learn something or ask questions. A lot of education providers need to realise that a student’s experience starts from the moment that they start looking online at the course.”

As a mature-aged student, she found comfort during her time with Holmesglen. This support allowed her to make the confident leap from study to placement and now work in the field.

Through her course, Jillian was able to do a clinical placement at Peninsula Health. The work experience gave her perspective and insights into her future career. Importantly, it reinforced why a career in allied health assistance is rewarding.

“You start to build rapport with the carers and usually the parents of the clients.  Being able to provide education to clients and help them overcome their issues is the best feeling,” Jillian declares.

While, Jillian’s selfless and passionate qualities were always shown during her placements, this dedication was duly recognised when she was presented with the Outstanding Certificate Student honour at Holmesglen’s 2017 Awards Dinner. Jillian believes her enthusiasm is the result of a career that allows you to make a difference each day.

“It’s a fantastic career and there are so many areas of allied health that you can go into, working with so many different teams, organisations.”

“People need to realise that a client’s experience doesn’t start when they see you. It started when they first got diagnosed, the tests, and the follow ups. Empathy and positivity is something that I always try show.”

Through her qualification, Jillian works with Monash Health Speciality Clinics, with one of the main areas, the Young Adult Transitional Care Program. Going forward, she hopes to return the support shown to her and teach allied health assistance, as well as obtain a degree in physiology. She would also like to set up programs to assist troubled youths.

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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