Health workers brush up their dental skills

Maintaining good oral health is a challenge that faces many Australians, particularly Aboriginal children in remote and rural communities.

To help raise the level of dental health, Central, as part of the State Government’s $6 million ear, eye and oral health initiative, have begun oral health training in WA’s Mid-West and Pilbara.

The three-day workshop teaches rural health workers how to apply a fluoride varnish, assess oral health, prevent disease and refer patients to dental practitioners.

The aim of the training is to increase accessibility to dental prevention in remote areas to lower the amount and regularity of oral health issues.

Chief Pharmacist, Neil Keen granted a special exemption for Aboriginal health workers and other non-oral health professionals, such as registered nurses and community health nurses to apply the varnish.

A similar program has been previously implemented in the Northern Territory and continues to show positive results in the reduction of tooth decay.


Regular application of the fluoride varnish can reduce decay by up to a third and can be applied to healthy teeth as well as those with decay. It is applied to the teeth of children under five years old every six months.

The training program has been delivered to participants from Wiluna for the Ngangganawili Health Service, Warakurna for the Ngaanyatjarra Health Service, Mt Magnet and Geraldton for Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Health Service, Kalgoorlie for the Bega Garnbirringu Health Service and South Hedland for the Wirraka Maya Health Service and Pilbara.

A total of seven workshops have been undertaken, with further training being offered to health workers in the Kimberley region in 2016.

The program has already trained approximately 60 participants who work in regional and remote locations in Western Australia.

Miriam Thomas, Lecturer and facilitator of these workshops is committed to providing continued support to all participants.

“I will continue to liaise with future, current and past participants to ensure that the knowledge and skills learnt are maintained”, said Miriam.

The responses from participants who have completed the three-day workshop have been overwhelmingly positive. They have expressed how much they have learnt about Oral Health Care and the Application of Fluoride Varnish and acknowledged their significant value in the prevention of tooth decay and other dental diseases.

Making Houses Liveable Homes

Our home is our castle. It’s a place where we can relax and unwind, but for many disabled people, finding a home can be harder than you think, which is why Central continues to support the Liveable Homes initiative.

Liveable Homes aims to increase the number of universal access homes built in WA, with an ultimate goal of making it standard practice.

To support the cause, Central stage three Diploma of Building Design students and stage two Cert IV Residential Drafting students designed a ‘Liveable Home’, with awards on offer to the students with the best designs.

The Disability Services Commission funds the competition and Central has participated for the past two years.

To compete, the students prepared designs for a two-storey home on a battle-axe block, which included the essential features of a Liveable Home, while adhering to Australian building regulations.

These features included a flat level walkway to the entrance, wide entrance doorways, wide internal doorways and halls, accessible toilet on the entry level, an accessible shower at entry level and reinforced walls in the bathrooms and toilet.

Mark Hudson from the Disability Services Commission, Andrew Shellam from Webb, Browne and Neaves and Central Lecturer Vic Whitehurst judged the best design.

This semester’s winners were Laura Calpak from Cert IV Residential Drafting and Van Nam Hai Nguyen from Diploma of Building Design.

The success of Livable Homes continues to expand with many Perth building companies commonly including the criteria into the design of their new homes.

Mechanical Engineering is Cleaning Up

To get our Mechanical Engineering students ready for work in industry, Central not only teaches our students the skills they need, but provides them with projects so they can apply their skills, as they would in the workforce.

Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering students recently presented their final projects, where they designed and built an automatic window washing machine for high-rise buildings.


The class was split into two groups known as ‘Mechanical Engineering Project Clusters’ and worked under the supervision of engineering lecturers Constantinos Stylianou and Remy Jayasekere.

This final project is culmination of all the students’ learning through out the course and gave them the opportunity to creatively apply their knowledge to a significant project.

Mechanical Engineering Lecturer, Remy Jayasekere has been impressed by the quality of each group’s submission.

“The class created two machines that each work in different ways. What the students have built is really good”, Remy said.

On the 18 November, the students presented and demonstrated their creations to lecturers, managers and fellow students.


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Graphic Design Gold

WorldSkills is like the Olympics for skills training and Central Graphic Design Production student Chris Williamson is one step closer to representing Australia following his win at the regional competition.

Earlier this year, Central hosted the 2015 WorldSkills WA Regional Graphic Design Technology competition for Cert III for Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Design Production) students.

The results are in and Central has come away with outstanding results proving our students are at the forefront of Graphic Design in WA.

Central students came first, second, third and fourth for at the regional competition.

The results are:

1st Place: Chris Williamson

2nd Place: Cody James Ballantyne

3rd Place: Claudia Donovan – Hicks

4th Place: Thitikorn Phuengkam

Chris Williamson will be presented his gold medal The Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth on the 1 December along with the other successful competitors.

Following his win, Chris will have the opportunity to represent WA and Central when he competes at the national WorldSkills competition next year for a chance to represent Australia internationally.

The high calibre of all Central Graphic Design Production students will be on display at the graduate show located at Building 4, 133 Newcastle Street, Northbridge on 30 November from 6-8pm.

Not only will the work of our graduates be on display, but also pizza from Stuzzico and a letterpress so you can print your own Christmas cards.

If you’re interested in attending the graduate exhibition, please RSVP to the GDP Exhibition Facebook page by the 25 November.

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Savannah secures Skal scholarship

Diploma of Travel and Tourism student, Savannah Grime, was the winner of the Brian Phillipson Scholarship, presented by Perth Skål International Past President, Mark Abercromby.

Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders from around the world. The scholarship is an annual award given to an outstanding travel and tourism student, to support and encourage their journey in the industry.

Savannah gave an assured acceptance speech after being presented with the scholarship.

“I am proud to represent Central and am grateful for the support, opportunity and encouragement given to me by my lecturers”, said Savannah.


Savannah’s travel bug came early in life following frequent business trips she went on with her father. She loves planning travel experiences for clients. Knowing the career path she wished to follow, she left Perth College to enrol in a Certificate III in Travel at Central and is clearly all set for a rich and rewarding career.

Chongqing College’s 50th Anniversary

Central’s international partner, Chongqing College of Electronic Engineering recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. To mark the occasion the college put on an impressive array of events.

To help them celebrate, Central provided a video message from M.D. Neil Fernandes and had staff attend the celebration.

The College and the Chongqing Education Commission were delighted to receive Neil’s message that celebrated the anniversary and partnership with Central.


Neil’s message played on the big screens throughout the campus and also featured photographs from the original Australian-Chongqing VET project.

Currently there are three qualifications that are co-delivered by Chongqing and Central lecturers:

  • Certificate IV and Diploma of Accounting
  • Certificate IV in Programming
  • Diploma of Software Development Diploma of Electronics and Communications

Central and Chongqing College have enjoyed a successful relationship since 2011.

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Ricky’s Flash Award

Everyone seems to fancy themselves as a photographer these days, but just because you have a camera, doesn’t mean you’re a photographer, it takes talent and hard work.

Proving this point is third year photography student Ricky Gestro who recently won the coveted Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s (AIPP) National Student of the Year Award.

Ricky placed above all the other entries from students in Australia to take out the prestigious prize.

Students are scored alongside professional industry entries and critiqued by the same judges.

To receive an award, the student must submit work of a high professional standard both technically and creatively.

Fellow Central photography students Lisa Anfuso and Melissa Mitchell received gold awards at the AIPP awards, with a number of other Central students receiving silver distinctions and awards

Silver awards and above are considered to be above industry competency and are a testament to the passion of the students and the quality of teaching.

Congratulations to Ricky and all other award winners.

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