Leading healthcare education and training provider Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA) has expanded their training with Ballarat Health Services (BHS) to train the future carer and nursing workforce in the Grampians region of Victoria.
Ms Leanne Shea, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at BHS says the region currently has several vacancies for healthcare workers in the Grampians region. “Demand for trained and work-ready carers and nurses continues to grow in regional areas of Victoria and will remain a significant challenge for BHS and health services into the future, says Ms Shea. “Our partnership with IHNA will bring high quality training online, supported by BHS at our Centre for Education and Training to contribute to a new health care workforce to service the Grampians region.”
Commencing in July, IHNA will offer the Certificate III Individual Support qualification online with support provided by BHS at its Centre for Education and Training in Ballarat one-day per week on Saturdays. Industry based placements and simulation-based assessments as well as practice sessions will be conducted at BHS and in healthcare facilities across the Grampians region.
“Working as a carer requires a mix of qualifications, great communication skills and resilience to work every day with people that live in and, have shaped the Grampians region, said IHNA CEO Bijo Kunnumpurath. “Our blended study program will provide students with flexibility to fit study around their every-day commitments and supported one-day per week by BHS.”
“The health care sector is experiencing learning shortages of trained workers around Australia and overseas, said Mr Kunnumpurath. “It is important that training thoroughly prepares workers to provide first-rate care for our elder citizens and lifesaving nursing services. You simply can’t learn those skills in just the few weeks that is offered by some training providers.”
IHNA also plans to offer the Diploma of Nursing qualification in blended mode commencing in July.