For the first time, the TAFE Queensland Redcliffe campus will offer a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)(CHC33015) making it easier than ever before for locals to access in-demand training so close to home.
Petrie resident Bella Ginty, who began her nursing career in the United Kingdom in 1978, will lead students through the training and said the course would provide a wide range of important foundation skills, allowing graduates to find work or continue into other health related studies.
“The course is practical and will teach basic skills including teamwork and communication as well as some very specific technical skills which are needed on the job,” said Bella.
“Graduates will know how to provide home and community support services that benefit and empower older people, people with a disability and people living with dementia," she continued.
“They will be ready to start work in a wide range of roles including nurses aide, residential aide, personal care assistant, in-home respite worker, accommodation or transport support worker and even as an assistant to a lifestyle coordinator."
“These are all great jobs that need to be filled in every community around the country now.”
A passionate advocate for quality aged care, Bella believes many in the community simply aren’t aware of just how significant the need for health workers is and why.
“It’s no secret that we have an ageing population, but what many people don’t realise is that people now live with greater comorbidities," she said.
“That means that we have people living longer with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia – all conditions that in the past significantly shortened lifespans, but today can be managed with medication and the right care."
“As our population becomes older, and live longer with these conditions, we see people becoming more frail needing care, assistance or support on a more regular basis.”
TAFE Queensland General Manager Dr Paul Wilson said the course is being offered to help meet the demand in the region.
“There is a lot happening in Moreton Bay right now, with more than 3200 new NDIS jobs likely to be created in the coming years, a population that is expected to grow by more than 50 per cent in the next two decades and an ageing and increasingly disabled population," said Dr Wilson.
“TAFE Queensland’s mobility and flexibility allows us to respond quickly to regional demands. I hope the community is reassured by the fact that we are working with Queensland’s health industries to ensure we have the right people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time to meet the growing demands of their workforce.”
In the meantime, Bella will be on hand to ensure the next cohort of students leaves with the skills they need to build on their own careers in the health industry and support those in the community that need it the most.
“I’ve nursed in various fields over the years, but I am passionate about aged care and I have always loved working with and facilitating young nurses, that is why I ended up teaching at TAFE Queensland."
“The greatest joy in my job is seeing a student’s face when they realise they can do something they thought they couldn’t and I look forward to sharing that experience with a whole new group of students at Redcliffe,” she finished.