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RECORD NUMBER OF NEW NURSES IN 2023, TAFE NSW GIVES YOUNG PEOPLE A CAREER HEAD‐START

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RECORD NUMBER OF NEW NURSES IN 2023, TAFE NSW GIVES YOUNG PEOPLE A CAREER HEAD‐START

 

TAFE NSW is meeting the demand of the healthcare workforce by providing a pipeline of skilled workers, including some bright young students looking to carve out a lifelong career in healthcare.

The nursing workforce has grown by almost 6% in the year to May 2023, and has overtaken building as the third most common non‐school qualification in Australia. This trend couldn’t come at a better time, with demand for nurses set to grow by close to 14% over the next three years.

Katharine Duffy, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD), said qualified nurses play an integral role in providing high‐quality, compassionate, and person‐centred care to all patients across the region.

“Nursing education spans a vast range of knowledge and capabilities, and Enrolled nurses and Assistants in Nursing also form a critical part of our nursing workforce. NNSWLHD values our partnership with TAFE NSW in providing education and training for nurses at certificate and diploma level.”

Ms Duffy said 2023 has seen a record number of new nurses and midwives enter the NNSWLHD.

“This year, a record 178 new nurses and midwives started working for NNSWLHD. This is an increase on the 163 new graduates employed in 2022, and NNSWLHD expects to take on even more graduate nurses in 2024,” she said.

At the time of year when many young Australians are considering career pathways, 17 year‐old TAFE NSW Lismore student, John Ray, is a step ahead of the pack. The year 11 Mullumbimby High School student started his journey to a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Assistant in Nursing) in year 10.

John Ray posing for a photo at the TAFE NSW nursing campus.

John Ray

“I’ve always had an interest in the medical field, and my high school offered an eight‐week TAFE NSW trial course to help us find something we were interested in. The nursing course was really interesting, and I thought it was a good way to get a head start and secure jobs in this field.”

This skills John has gained have enabled him to volunteer at the Byron Shire Respite Centre in Brunswick Heads.

“I was able to apply everything I learned at TAFE NSW to my role. It was extremely rewarding, and I was able to help clients living with dementia. I’ve learned a lot about patience and understanding, and how to talk to and reassure clients.”

John said the TAFE NSW environment has prepared him to excel the workforce.

“My TAFE NSW teachers are so helpful, and our classroom is a simulated clinical environment, with real hospital beds and facilities that we use to role play. My training has helped me become more mindful of how to deliver help and assistance for my clients in the workplace.

Ms Duffy said students like John are an essential part of enabling the future workforce.

“We always look forward to welcoming each new cohort of nurses and to supporting them as they transition into their roles,” she said.

 

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SAE Creative Media Institute now a University College

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SAE Creative Media Institute now a University College 

 

Australian creative media institute, SAE, is proud to announce that it is now a University College. The University College category was introduced by the Australian Government in 2021 to recognise superior self-accrediting higher education providers. SAE recently joined an elite group of just six other University Colleges across the country – and is the only one delivering creative media nationally. 

SAE CEO, Joseph Anthonysz, said this was a significant milestone in SAE’s 48-year history that reflected an ongoing commitment to sustained educational quality and excellence. 

“Since it was founded in 1976, SAE has had an unblemished regulatory history, including 20 years as an Australian Higher Education Provider,” he said. “It has grown to be one of Australia’s largest independent providers, and, as a University College, is now recognised as one of the best.”  

SAE has six campuses across five Australian States and one transnational campus in Dubai. 

SAE University College

SAE University College

Mr Anthonysz said SAE’s new provider category status was welcome recognition of its exceptional student outcomes, robust academic processes and deep industry engagement, along with its continued contribution to industry. 

“SAE is renowned for its highly relevant and practical curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, teaching staff with strong industry experience and small classes offering an immersive learning environment,” he said. 

“As recognised leaders in creative media education, SAE looks forward to building on these foundations and sharing our teaching and learning practices to help shape the future of the higher education sector and industry at large.” 

SAE Australasia General Manager, Dr Luke McMillan, said SAE has always been guided by a student-first ethos and would continue that focus. 

“At SAE we pride ourselves on providing a learning environment where individuals from all backgrounds can explore and develop their creative talents,” he said. “Our students’ best interests are at the core of everything we do, and our elevation to University College status only strengthens that, now and into the future.” 

SAE was officially registered as a University College on 22 December 2023 under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (Cth) – Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021. 

 

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Enhanced Support for Early Childhood Health and Development Checks

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Enhanced Support for Early Childhood Health and Development Checks

 

Early childhood education and care providers are being encouraged to avail themselves of grants aimed at facilitating free health and development checks for 4-year-olds.

In collaboration with NSW Health, the NSW Department of Education is spearheading the Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program, aimed at making these checks readily accessible to all 4-year-olds attending participating services, including public preschools, community preschools, and long-day care centres.

Recent data from the 2021 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) revealed that over 44 percent of NSW children do not meet developmental milestones upon commencing school. Additionally, almost half of all 4-year-olds miss out on their recommended health and development assessments.

The HDC program represents a strategic investment, with local health district professionals teaming up with early childhood services to schedule these checks and identify any necessary support ahead of school entry. The assessments cover various aspects of children’s health and development, including cognitive, social, and emotional development, speech and communication skills, motor skills, and physical growth.

Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program

Early childhood education and care providers are being encouraged to avail themselves of grants aimed at facilitating free health and development checks for 4-year-olds.

Furthermore, the HDC program aims to boost the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children meeting developmental milestones across all five Australian Early Development Census domains to 55 percent by 2031, aligning with Closing the Gap target 4.

To facilitate the HDC program, the NSW Department of Education has allocated over $4 million to its HDC Participation Grant Program. This initiative aims to aid eligible services in accessing the HDC program more efficiently.

Eligible services participating in the HDC program in 2024 can apply for grant funding across three categories, with a total of up to $7,500 in available funds.

These categories include:

  1. Staffing support for the health and development checks program, such as providing relief for educators to complete pre-assessment questionnaires or support children during the checks.
  2. Space development for the health and development checks, including repurposing or refurbishing rooms within the service.
  3. Capacity-building initiatives to support children’s health and development post-check, such as attending workshops or completing training.

Interested services can check their eligibility for the Health and Development Checks in Early Childhood Education (HDC) Program grant and submit applications through the department’s website using the SmartyGrants platform. The application window closes on March 31, 2024.

 

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DO YOU KNOW A YEAR 10 OR 11 STUDENT IN THE CLARENCE OR RICHMOND VALLEY WHO LOVES BOTH HISTORY AND TRAVEL?

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Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship

DO YOU KNOW A YEAR 10 OR 11 STUDENT IN THE CLARENCE OR RICHMOND VALLEY WHO LOVES BOTH HISTORY AND TRAVEL?

 

The NSW Government is sending a group of students on a scholarship study tour to Japan to learn more about the history of Australians at war, and Nationals MP for Clarence, Richie Williamson would love to see as many Year 10 or 11 history students from Clarence and Richmond valley schools apply and be in the running for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Mr Williamson said the Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship gives NSW Year 10 and 11 history students the opportunity to travel on a study tour in the Term 3 school holidays to develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of Australians at war.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students with a keen interest in history to be in the running to embark on a tour with a military historian and visit significant historical sites and learn more about and commemorate the service of Australian men and women in the World Wars and other conflicts,” Mr Williamson said.

“I’d love to see a Clarence or Richmond valley student selected to represent the community and embark on this tour and gain a better understanding of the Anzac legacy.”

Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship

Mr Williamson said as part of the application, students are required to submit a 1000-word essay in response to the following question:

The Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park was designed by architect Charles Bruce Dellit who said that it was an expression of ‘those nobler attributes of human nature which the tragedy of Nations so vividly brought forth – Courage, Endurance and Sacrifice.’

Using examples, explain how Australians have shown courage, endurance and sacrifice in wars and peacekeeping operations. Using examples, describe how these values inspire you and explain why you think it is important to learn about the commemorate service.

 

“Successful applicants will have a remarkable educational opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs and enhance their understanding of a legacy that has shaped Australia’s military story,” Mr Williamson said.

Applications are now open for the Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship and close on 3 March 2024. Further information around applying can be found here.

 

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