Mater Education community healthcare programs

Mater Education students assessing another student's leg

Mater Education offers healthcare programs for the whole community, including pathways for high school students for a career healthcare as well as personal and professional courses for parents, carers and teachers. Their courses are developed and delivered by qualified healthcare professionals and Mater specialists.

Mater Education nurses putting on gloves

Who is Mater Education?

As a Catholic not-for-profit ministry of Mercy Partners, Mater Education forms part of the Mater Group, which brings together collective expertise and resources across health, education and research. Mater Education is a nationally accredited, independent, hospital-based Registered Training Organisation (RTO)—the only one of its kind in Queensland.

Mater Education offers healthcare programs for the whole community, including nationally-recognised training.

Programs for parents, carers and teachers

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid

Learn how to respond in an emergency with Mater Education’s first aid course in Brisbane. From CPR techniques to assessing emergency situations, you’ll learn a series of competencies during the course to ensure you’re prepared for emergencies.

Mater Mothers’ First Aid for Babies

Designed specifically for parents with babies, this 2.5 hour course will equip parents with the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for their baby should they face an emergency.

HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Mater Education offers the nationally recognised HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certificate. Designed to develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to respond appropriately to cardiac emergencies, their cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification is in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines.

Mater Education students in medical training

Programs for high school students

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)

Mater Education proudly offers Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) to students in years 10, 11 and 12 who are interested in a future in healthcare. Through the tailored program, students can kickstart their career and gain nationally-recognised healthcare qualifications, while still in school. Students have the opportunity to study on-site, in a real hospital environment, working alongside qualified healthcare professionals and establish a solid foundation on which to build their healthcare career after Year 12.

High School Health Adventure

The High School Health Adventure program is a three day, hands-on immersive experience for high school students in years 10, 11 or 12 who are thinking about a career as a health professional. This program will use simulation to provide an experience of what ‘a day in the life’ of a healthcare professional might look like.

Deadly Start Pathways

Mater Education is proud to partner with Metro North Hospital and Health Services (MNHHS) and Group Training Organisation, Australian Training Works (ATW) to deliver Deadly Start Pathways: a dedicated program for school students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to explore pathways for a career in healthcare.


Terry Donaghue, RTO Manager at Mount Alvernia College coordinated First Aid and CPR training for his staff and students – “We consider it essential that both staff and students understand First Aid and CPR, especially as we head into the summer months of beach and swimming time. Additionally, as our staff are involved with many extra-curricular activities, it is essential for them to be up to date with First Aid and CPR should emergencies arise.

Jordy, a Mater Education VETiS and Diploma of Nursing student reflected on her study experience with Mater Education and the opportunities provided both professionally and personally – “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Mater Education. I made so many new friends and met some incredible educators who I know will influence my practice for the rest of my career. Everyone becomes such a huge part of your life. It’s like everyone becomes one big family with so much support around you.

Cooper (Year 10) attended the three day High School Health Adventure program to gain an insight into the exciting and varied world of healthcare – “I really enjoyed learning about patient care during the program, and it gave me an understanding into what your duty of care is to a patient, as a professional. The educators have been so approachable and knowledgeable, and we are learning from trained clinicians who have been doing this for a really long time.

To find out more about the range of courses available to the community through Mater Education, please visit their website at

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