(From left to right: Joanne Grieve (TAFE) – Edson Galindo (HNG) – Peta Waters (HNG))
At Home Nursing Group, we are dedicated to providing local support and opportunities for not only our clients, but also for the wider community. That’s why, in an ongoing relationship with TAFE New England, we provide students of varied ages and backgrounds with valuable experience in the aged care community.
TAFE’s connection with Home Nursing Group is imperative to students who are currently pursuing the Certificate III Individual Support. Relationships with industries such as ours provide a practical, hands-on learning environment for students, allowing them to complete the final requirements of their study.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with residents and to further develop their skills and knowledge,” says Joanne Grieve, teacher of Community Health and Services at TAFE New England. “The experience exposes our students to the care environment and reassures their desire to work in the industry.”
Peta Waters, Clinical Coordinator for Home Nursing Group, adds, “Students can get a feel for what individualised support is like, while in supported, one-on-one training.”
Among the TAFE students at Home Nursing Group was Suresh Kumar Athiappan Palanisamy. Having lived in Australia for ten years, he earned a PhD in Microbiology and researched mental health before finding his calling in aged care. “I followed the Home and Community Care stream as I thought it would be good to have the chance to work both in a residential setting and in the community” says Suresh Kumar. Following his orientation at Home Nursing Group, he was eager to learn more and get an authentic insight to the industry.
Equally enthusiastic was Tanya Brown, a working mum returning to the workforce. Tanya’s sister is a nurse, who suggested the possibility of becoming an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) in aged care. “I like working in the community,” Tanya explains. “I like being connected to my community. I’m looking forward to completing my placement and getting a feel for what it’s like to work with elderly clients in their homes.”
Home Nursing Group recognises the need for skilled staff in community aged care, and is always on the lookout for staff who are both passionate about aged care and about their communities. Dedication and diversity in our staff are important to us, as we believe this contributes to the ongoing quality of our services.
In fact, one TAFE student, Edson Galindo, has even been welcomed to the Home Nursing Group team following his work experience placement. Edson lives and works in Guyra, and his frequent volunteer work in the community led him to discover his passion for helping people. “I’m currently volunteering with SES and Pathfinder,” Edson said. “A friend suggested I should consider a career change from IT to aged care, so I looked into it — I figured there was no harm in getting paid to do the work I love to do!”
Peta concludes, “We work hard with our clients to allow them to remain safely at home, and we work hard with our staff to ensure they are supported and trained to facilitate this.” As the latest member of the Home Nursing Group team, Edson is looking forward to working one-on-one with people and building lasting relationships with them. And all of us at Home Nursing Group are dedicated to helping him discover his potential and achieve his career goals.