The Australian government is currently investing and redirecting palliative care towards nursing homes, as there had been a noticeable increase in the population of the elderly in different parts of the country especially in Perth. As the number of these facilities takes constant influx, there has been a significant increase in the number of available jobs for certified nursing assistant or more popularly called in Australia as Assistants in Nursing. Despite the growing job vacancies among nursing homes, however, it wouldn’t be easy for an individual to be hired as an AIN unless he or she have completed the training required by the federal government from accredited CNA schools in Perth.
Long-term health care institutions and home health care providers in America may accept graduates from CNA training programs, but this may not be the case in Perth. The AINs are required to take advanced training classes right after they have completed the first phase of training from CNA schools in Perth. Before they qualify for a position in a particular facility, the AINs need to present police certificates, copies of licenses, and proof of continuing studies for Certificate III Aged Care. This is optional nonetheless. The nursing assistants can be hired in various hospitals even without Certificate III, where they will be tasked to perform basic nursing duties. Acquiring the highest certificate in aged care, however, can increase their employment potential and open more doors of opportunities to earn more.
Most CNA schools in Perth such as the Stanley College located at 82 Beaufort Street
Perth Western Australia 6000 tel no +61 8 9227 1797 usually require the completion of Year 10 from an Australian school (high school level equivalent in the United States). Police clearance and health certificate are also included in the pre-requisites for the admission. Applications for the nursing assistant training programs can only be accepted during the months of May to July and September to October. On average, the tuition fee for these schools amount up to $1,450 per semester. Some students may be entitled to the Youth Allowance or Pensioner Education Supplement for students who face difficulty in paying the school fees.
Admissions to CNA schools in Perth entails the individual a comprehensive learning experience that covers courses in palliative care, medications, understanding of body system in the health context and safety procedures. The classes depend on the school, and there may be more courses included in the training program which needs to be completed within 6 weeks. Classes are held 5 days a week for 5 hours a day.
- TAFE South Australia, 1800 882 661/http://www.tafesa.edu.au/
- Educcation & Training International, 123 Adelaide Terrace East Perth
- Central Institute of Technology, 12, 19, 25 and 30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge WA 6003
133 Newcastle Street, Northbridge WA 6003, 1300 300 822