Health care graduates prepared for future

FIFTEEN Glenorchy students have achieved their dream of becoming certified health care practitioners following their recent graduation from the Health Education and Research Centre (HERC), a registered training arm of the Australian Nursing Midwifery Federation (Tasmanian branch).

The Glenorchy students joined 31 of their fellow classmates to finish their vocational education and training in one of three qualifications – a certificate III, diploma or advanced diploma in aged care/home and community care.

HERC Tasmanian branch secretary Neroli Ellis said the centre had highly skilled educators who delivered the nurse and carer training.

Ms Ellis said students were given the opportunity to study in state-of-the-art training facilities, including a fully functioning simulation lab that offered hands-on experience in hospital, aged care and acute settings.

“We are proud of each student who graduates and know that they are entering into health care settings with the skills and knowledge required to deliver quality care and meet industry standards and the skills gap in aged care,” she said.

A recent HERC student outcome survey revealed that 89 per cent of participants had been employed in the health industry as a direct result of their training at HERC.

HERC also recently added a certificate II in individual support to its curriculum, which is designed for the aged and community care sectors.

This training is aimed at providing much-needed support to the sector, which is in need of 5000 new workers by 2025.

Students in this course will be under the tutelage of fully-qualified nurse educators experienced in acute and aged care settings.

State government subsidies are available for eligible applicants for this new course, which is set to commence on 15 November 2016.

For more information, visit www.herc.tas.edu.au.

Caption: From left, Jane Reece, Catherine Nichols, Alice Mwarabu, Emily Nichols, Taylor Horsey, Barbara Horsey and Epiphanie Uwamariya (seated), all from the Glenorchy municipality, have graduated from the Health Education and Research Centre to pursue careers in the health care sector.

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