26 September 2023

Training program a boost for nurses

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The University of South Australia (UniSA) is to work with the State Government to help meet growing demands on the State’s health workforce.

Welcoming the SA Health Nursing and Midwifery Skills and Training Package to be delivered over the next three years, Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Chris Picton said thousands of nurses and midwives would benefit from new scholarships and training.

Mr Picton said SA Health was partnering with UniSA, the University of Melbourne and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation on programs to meet clinical needs in metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

“UniSA’s Clinical Specialisation Program (including 3,000 scholarships) will allow registered nurses and midwives the opportunity to undertake a new accelerated pathway into clinical specialisation,” he said.

“Program delivery is tailored to the SA Health environment and provides nurses and midwives the foundation skills to fast-track their journey into postgraduate clinical specialisation qualifications.”

Nursing and Midwifery Dean of Programs at UniSA, Rachael Vernon said the initiative was a significant partnership, which would provide an opportunity to further enhance the capacity and capability of the nursing and midwifery workforce and ultimately improve community health outcomes.

“We are looking forward to working with the State Government to help meet the growing demands on the health workforce,” Professor Vernon said.

She said the Clinical Specialisation Program commenced at UniSA last week (26 July).

Further information on the Nursing and Midwifery Skills and Training Package 2022-2025 can be accessed at this PS News link.

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