TAFE Queensland teacher Daniel Noble is passionate about Closing the Gap in education and health.

Daniel teaches the Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (HLT30113), and said he gets a kick out of seeing his students succeed.

“I love being a teacher because I get to see the students perform and blossom in terms of their learning and the skills they’ve picked up,” Daniel said.

“Knowing that my students are going into a workplace where they feel comfortable, they’re fully qualified and they’re confident, it gives you that sense of awesomeness that you as a TAFE Queensland teacher you’ve done something right — you’ve directed this student in a way that they’re making a difference.”

Mr Noble, a Gunggandji man from Yarrabah, said his nan — one of the very first community health workers back in the late 70s to mid 80s — inspired him to pursue a similar career path.

“I was originally employed in health administration, but I decided that I wanted a more involved role in engaging with my people and supporting their health journey,” Daniel said.

“I jumped at the opportunity to gain my qualification to become a health worker and I enrolled at TAFE Queensland.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care professionals are the first point of contact when community members come into clinics. We can advocate on their behalf and make sure they feel safe, confident and supported.

“Becoming a qualified health worker gave me that hands-on approach I really wanted, and the skills I gained allowed me to work in a number of clinical areas including in men’s health and ear health.”

Daniel said a desire to support the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care professionals is what eventually drove him to become a teacher.

“I want to pass on the skills and knowledge I’ve gained over the years from working in the health industry,” Daniel said.

“I’m passionate because I want to get the message out there about healthy lifestyles and making a difference in terms of our health, which involves healthy eating and exercising, as well as looking after our social and emotional well-being.”

TAFE Queensland delivers a comprehensive range of courses from certificate III through to diploma level qualifications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care.


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