Connect ‘N’ Grow is a company established in 2012 by Mr Michael Gleadow and Dr Naomi Gleadow. The Connect ‘N’ Grow journey began when Michael (former school teacher) and Naomi (Medical Doctor) identified an opportunity to combine their education and health backgrounds to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a multidisciplinary approach. This led to the formation of a Registered Training Organisation delivering Health Training to low Socioeconomic Status students from remote and very remote communities across Northern Australia. At the core of Connect ‘N’ Grow’s business objectives was the need to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This was achieved through the delivery of health training to secondary school students across Northern Australia.

Our students have been provided with individualised support to nurture their transition from school to further vocational and/or tertiary education pathways. They have been supported using an individual case management approach to employment within the health services sector. In addition to the health literacy gained, the wraparound support system has created a stronger self-belief, incorporating cultural awareness and enhancing subsequent ownership of major issues within communities. Other spillover effects of our health training program have been the transfer of skills and knowledge from students to the collective community building their awareness and resilience on critical health issues.

Over the past few years we have been approached by a number of schools looking to deliver Health and Community Services training as part of their senior curriculum.  We decided to increase our offerings and provide our training programs to all schools and students.

Significant interest from Queensland, Northern Territory and Victorian schools along with the strong health industry demand from the predicted shortage of healthcare professionals, has led to the expansion of our programs. Our qualification scope now includes:

  • Certificate II in Health and Community Services
  • Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
  • Certificate III in Basic Health Care
  • Certificate III in Community Services
  • Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

Key aims of the program

  • Increase Australia’s health workforce
  • Provide solid foundation skills for students looking to enter the health workforce
  • Offer opportunities for students to engage with university, training and employment providers
  • Provide opportunities to Increase the health literacy of students