The Cairns Campus is Now Open

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Two weeks ago, we welcomed the very first class at the Celtic Training Cairns campus! In this blog, we will:

The Cairns Campus

Our new campus is located at:

Cairns City – 2B Second Floor, Orchid Plaza,

58 Lake St, QLD 4870

When looking for a new campus, we focused on ensuring we would be in the city. The campus is only a two-minute walk away from the Cairns City Centre, with easy access to public transport and free street parking.

CT Cairns City Map

Not only is the campus easy to access, but we have equipped it with the latest industry equipment used by the health care workforce. And, like all our locations, the Cairns campus has air conditioning and free Wi-Fi throughout the facility.

We also considered the local career opportunities for our students, especially in fields like aged and disability care. Fortunately, Cairns has a high and growing demand for support workers.

Cairns’ High Demand for Support Workers

Far North Queensland has seen a surge in people wanting access to disability and care services. Benjamin Keast, chief executive of the ARC Disability Services, noted that:

‘One of the biggest challenges will be finding the people who wish to work in the industry and who are suited to the industry…The anticipation is we’re going to need over 700 full-time equivalents by 2023. And that’s just within the Cairns area.’

To prepare Celtic Training students for this growing and in-demand workforce, we are proud to introduce the first Cairns trainer: Tilly.

Tilly with the individual support students

Meet our New Trainer – Tilly

Tilly has been working in home and community care since she was 14 years old. Since then, she has done care work in home, community, residential, aged, and disability settings. She has also recently worked in allied care (OTA).

After she ran this first week of classes, I had the privilege of interviewing her for a blog. We will cover this interview and her story in a later blog. However, here is a highlight of the interview where Tilly discusses what she likes about working in health care:

‘Through our care, we can improve the quality of life of our clients, be a positive part of their lives, and participate in creating better aged and disability services.

I am proud of the many positive changes that took place between when I first started and now… The evolution of the caring field is improving for both workers and clients, including manual handling procedures, advocacy, quality training, care and consideration for mental health, and workload.’

We are excited to have such an experienced trainer leading our Cairns students through the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015).

Our first ageing class in Cairns

Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015)

The Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) is our most popular qualification. It reflects the role of workers in community and residential settings who follow personalised plans to care for their clients. These clients may need assistance due to ageing, disability, or other reasons.

Graduates of this qualification find work as assistants in nursing (or AINs), support workers, aged care workers, personal care assistants, and many more.

In Cairns, we are offering two specialisations: ageing and disability. You can think of this as your area of expertise. Each stream includes elective units to equip you with the skills most relevant to the job, whether you would like to care for people living with ageing or disability-related reasons. For example, our first ageing class in Cairns began with CHCAGE001 – Facilitating the Empowerment of Older People.

Our Cairns Campus Workshop in action

Unit Highlight – Facilitating the empowerment of older people (CHCAGE001)

This unit addresses the skills and knowledge needed to respond to the goals and aspirations of older people. It also helps students improve the health outcomes and quality of life of their clients.

The following elements make up the unit.

1. Developing relationships with older people.

Students learn how to respond to a client’s social, cultural, and spiritual differences. You will also learn how to talk and interact with clients to help them achieve better health outcomes and quality of life.

2. Provide services to older people

This element covers how to identify, discuss, and adjust services for clients. It also explores how to empower and support clients through these services.

3. Support the rights of older people

Through this element, students will be able to assist older clients in understanding their rights by:

  • identifying breaches of human rights,
  • responding accordingly, and
  • recognising signs of financial, physical, or emotional abuse or neglect.

4. Promote health and re-ablement of older people.

Students learn how to encourage the older person to engage as actively as possible in all living activities while keeping the impacts of ageing in mind. By identifying strategies and opportunities to maximise engagement, students can promote healthy and empowering lifestyle practices.

Facilitating the empowerment of older people (CHCAGE001) is just one of the 13 units students will be completing over 8 weeks of classwork. Then, the students are off to work placement and beyond.

A Cairns individual support class


Cairns is looking for skilled, professional care workers to fill hundreds of health care jobs over the coming years. To meet this demand, we have opened a brand-new Cairns campus to equip students with the skills and experience they need to launch their careers in health care. With a new trainer and nationally accredited qualifications, we are ready to help students become health care professionals.

To find out more about the campus or the courses, feel free to send us an enquiry. We would also recommend coming along to an information session. We have one running at our Cairns campus every Friday from 1:00 PM. You can book a spot at the info session below.