Training and Development at Cootharinga

Cootharinga provides a wide range of cost effective learning opportunities for those interested in or currently working with people with a disability.  Our training programs have been designed to provide the necessary practical sills and competencies needed for a career in disability services.  We offer flexible training programs in a variety of topics which can be tailored to suit individual needs. 

One particular area of expertise that Cootharinga offers is training for new support workers.  Our Pre-requisite Training Program is competency based training covering a variety of essential topic areas.  The full program runs over a four and a half day period.  Training can be customised, providing relevant and practical training to suit your staff and service users. New support workers are now required to complete a Certificate III in Disability within 12 months of commencement of employment. 

Our strong background in working with and supporting people with a disability provides our trainers with the essential expertise and knowledge to offer relevant and practical training which focuses on staff working together to provide person-centered and individualised services to people with a disability.

Venue Hire

Cootharinga North Queensland has opened a Training Centre in Townsville for hire which offers spacious facilities for students and trainers.  This large 8m x 8m room can seat up to 30 participants comfortably and suits a variety of functions.
The Training Centre facility includes:

  •  Room: fully air-conditioned and carpeted
  •  Male and female and wheelchair accessible toilets
  •  Complimentary coffee, tea, sugar and milk
  •  Complimentary biscuits and mints / sweets
  •  Full size refrigerator
  •  White board
  •  Computer, projector and screen
  •  Internet access via desktop computer
  •  Television with DVD/Video player
  •  Chairs and flip tables for use

Additional resources available:

  •  Various training equipment for disability support:
  •  hoists
  •  adjustable height beds
  •  wheelchairs
  •  training mannequin for personal care tasks

We are happy to discuss your training needs and customise our courses to meet your individual requirements. For more information please contact Melanie Bowker on (07) 4759 2024 or email