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Practical, engaging training with HERC

IN 2013, the ANMF Tasmanian Branch established the Health Education and Research Centre (HERC) in Hobart to provide accessible, high-quality training for health professionals.

HERC has contributed to the ongoing needs of residential aged care by training extended care assistants in the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015). This is the entry level qualification for workers in the ageing, community, and disability sectors.

HERC recognises it has been a tumultuous time for the health profession over the past few years, since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020.

In the thick of it all, healthcare workers were, and still are, providing frontline care day in, day out. The WHO praised their commitment and professionalism throughout the pandemic, describing them as “extraordinary people performing extraordinary work”.

In Tasmania the situation has been no different. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Tasmanian Branch has been advocating on behalf of members in public, private and aged care health care services during this challenging time.

The organisation believes professional development in a supportive environment is the key to ensuring the health and welfare of nurses, midwives and care workers now and into the future.

The Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC3301 5) through HERC uses evidence-based practice to support the principles of a person-centred approach. It engages learners to deliver care that places the client at the centre of service with inclusive decision-making and informed client choices about activities of daily living.

This course is delivered over 16 weeks of intensive study (not including any applicable holiday periods) in HERC’s training rooms at 182 Macquarie Street, Hobart.

The course runs three days a week (9am – 3pm), including one day each week in the HERC SIM lab; with students to also undertake at least one day per week of self-directed learning, and four weeks of full-time supervised clinical placement (160 hours).

This qualification can be a pathway into the Diploma of Nursing with HERC, to study and become an Enrolled Nurse.

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