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Social Work

Education, Training and Student Placement

Since February 2013, I have been studying community services work and community development. The two courses I have been studying full-time on-campus at the Kangan Institute Broadmeadows Campus are:
  • Diploma of Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Community Development
From September to November 2013, I successfully completed 200 hours of Student Placement at the Western Region Health Centre, Hume Community Mental Health agency in Sunbury, Victoria. The program that operates at the agency is the Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program, which is funded by the Australian Government.

In 2014, my 200-hour student placement will be at Merri Community Health Services with their Young Carers Program at Carer Links North in Preston.

Volunteer Social Work

Merri Community Health Services - Young Carers Program
I volunteer with Merri Community Health Services as part of the Commonwealth Respite Carelink Centre/CarerLinks North where I work with the Young Carers program. My role is to work with and support paid staff and other volunteers who plan and deliver activities and events for young carers. October 2013 - present.

Merri Community Health Services - 1:1 Social and Recreational Support
I volunteer with Merri Community Health Services Community Mental Health Program as part of their Supported Residential Service (SRS) Support where I conduct 1:1 social and recreational support. November 2013 - February 2014.


I am a member of the following organisations:
  • Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)
  • Volunteering Victoria
  • beyondblue blueVoices
  • Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
  • Merri Community Health Services
  • Carers Victoria


I hold the following certifications:
  • National Police Record Check
  • Working With Children Check
  • Mental Health First Aid

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Social work students Darren Stones and Kerryn Hardstaff protesting the funding cuts to TAFE at the Kangan Institute Broadmeadows Campus in 2013
Photo: Colleen Austin