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A Career In Caring Is Now Easier Than Ever

26 November 2012

South Australia’s ageing population, increasing chronic and complex health conditions as well as inequities in health care provision present many opportunities for those who want to make a career out of health and community care. Accessing quality training and education - with a proven high rate of employment - has also never been easier.

The RDNS Education Centre has recently been announced as a ‘Skills for All’ Training Provider, which will see the costs of the Diploma of Nursing course and the Certificate III in Home and Community Care being discounted by between 50 and 90 percent. ‘Skills for All’ is a new Government of South Australia initiative offering subsidised training and education, which means South Australians now have the opportunity to gain more qualifications, many at low or no cost, through the training provider of their choice.

With six qualifications to choose from, including the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) and Certificate III in Home and Community Care, the RDNS Education Centre trains and assesses students for work and further study as Enrolled Nurses, Aged Care workers, Home and Community Care workers and Disability Support workers. Graduates of these programs would typically find employment in the likes of RDNS’s ‘Home and Community Care’ (HACC) service, which provides in-home specialist nursing care and assistance to more than 12,000 people every year.

The Government’s initiative is good news for school-leavers wishing to take their first step on the career ladder, and this development is equally beneficial to those with more life-experience. RDNS Education Centre courses are specially designed for people juggling multiple commitments, allowing students to continue earning while they learn.

“The majority of our students are aged in their 30s, many are already in the workforce and have family commitments, so our part-time courses are a great fit,” said Mr Alexis Watt, RDNS Education Centre’s Chief Executive.The RDNS Education Centre is a community-based, not-for-profit specialist healthcare, education and training provider, delivering a range of services and products to the health industry, as well as offering nationally recognised training to people wishing to enter the industry or current health care workers wanting to further develop their skills.

The duration of the Diploma of Nursing is 18-20 months, whilst the Certificate III HACC takes approximately 12 weeks to complete. Courses such as Certificate III HACC are a pathway into the Diploma of Nursing. The Diploma of Nursing also provides credit into the Bachelor of Nursing.

For more information about qualifications available through RDNS visit www.rdns.org.au or call 1300 364 264.To check your eligibility under Skills for All and for more information about the scheme visit www.skills.sa.gov.au or call 1800 506 266