Aged care graduates share the spotlight

By Holly Tregenza

THE heroes of our aged care and disability services don’t often get their time in the limelight. Last Thursday was the exception.

Sixteen graduates donned their gowns and hats to celebrate the completion of a Certificate Four in Ageing Support and Disability.

After 18 months of study, they’re equipped to meet the care needs of hundreds of residents around the shire.

Students came from as far as Echuca to participate in the course, which was run at the KCLC.

One husband and wife team, Christine and Nathan Atley, said they were keen to put their skills to work.

‘‘I feel great,’’ Christine said.

‘‘It’s been hard juggling family and life and study, but I’m so glad we’ve done it. It provides a path for employment for us, and this program really focuses on giving people the absolute best quality care. I’m excited to do that.’’

Christine’s father worked in aged care and she used to tag along and ‘hang out’ with the residents at his facility. That experience has driven her to follow in his footsteps.

‘‘I really believe aged care and disability care is about doing the very best that we can for the people we are looking after,’’she said.

The course, run by Warner Institute, is designed to help build upon existing expertise so participants become more skilful, capable and valued support workers.

The Warner Institute’s Alison Wells said the quality of the training was what made their course stand out.

‘‘We’re truly passionate about who we are teaching — we want them to connect with clients and engage with them. It’s about allowing a lifestyle, not just a life.

‘‘These 16 graduates walk out of here today feeling valued and confident in their knowledge and abilities. We are very proud of that.’’

A new program is starting on June 27. Those interested should contact Alison on 0499773566 or email [email protected]