Training The Next Generation Of Health Workers

From Left: Georgia Barnett & Alicia Blain
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Portland District Health is playing a leading role in training the next generation of health workers.

Each year PDH hosts about 100 students on work placements as they complete courses ranging from nursing to radiology.

The on-the-job training is an essential part of the experience for all health workers and PDH maintains a strong commitment to supporting this process.

This year 76 nursing students along with six paramedic, one pharmacy, two physiotherapy, four health information, three radiology and one occupational therapy will learn alongside experienced PDH staff.

The students usually stay with PDH for three weeks and work with a `buddy' or mentor to gain on-the-job experience and to observe staff as they undertake their regular tasks.

They also liaise regularly with education and clinical support nurse Donna Farr as an independent support person.

PDH understands the importance of having a highly skilled workforce and is committed to supporting training programs and implementing ongoing education and training for existing staff.

Hosting students often inspires them to return to work at PDH and is good for workforce retention.

South West TAFE Diploma of Nursing students Georgia Barnett and Alicia Blain, both from Timboon, have recently completed a three-week stint at PDH and said the experience was invaluable.

It has consolkidated everything we've learned in the course, Miss Blain said. The nurses at PDH have been very helpful. In a lot of cases they are recent graduates so they understand what we need, Ms Barnett added.

Both students will complete their training this year to become enrolled nurses but expect to go on to the Deakin University Warrnambool campus to complete their bachelor degrees to become registered nurses.

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