Training and Educational programs available
The Grampians Region Educator’s Group, commonly known as GREG, is a platform established to support educators, clinical support nurses, and education managers in the public healthcare services. It was created in 2012. The Educators Group includes representatives from the Department of Health in the Grampians region, and Ballarat and District Nursing and Healthcare. It has different programs which include;
Continuing Nurse and Midwifery Education
This program is specifically for nurses and midwives. These two professions offer diverse and great career choices with opportunities for both enrolled and registered nurses. The Department of Health Nurse and Midwifery Workforce unit helps nurses to improve their professional development by offering different educational opportunities.
Midwives and nurses have a responsibility to ensure that their skills and knowledge remains relevant at all times. This can be achieved through both informal and formal training and education. Several employers even provide in-service programs to help their employees achieve this. There are also several educational forums and short courses from private and public providers.
There are various postgraduate nursing courses available for those wishing to specialise, which come with postgraduate diplomas, postgraduate certificates, doctoral and masters level studies, etc. There are postgraduate scholarships in place that give people who want to undergo these postgraduate programs in their specialised practice with financial support.
Nurse practitioners’ role is a developing one for advanced senior clinical nurses, and there are postgraduate Masters qualifications available for that role.
Nurses who are enrolled in this field have access to many opportunities to improve their career opportunities and clinical practice. You can get post-registration education models through public and private registered training organisations. Nurses who are enrolled in the program get to upgrade their nursing qualifications to that of a registered nurse qualification through formal higher education.
Simulated Learning Environments Program
This is an affordable and innovative way to provide clinical training as the demand for clinical placements continue to increase. Simulation learning offers a unique, flexible, and realistic alternative to traditional training while also reducing the stress on providers of clinical training. The simulated learning environment programs provide funds to develop evidence backing simulated learning, enabling this type of learning to be adopted and increasing its capacity. The programs seek to;
- Improve consistency and quality of clinical training
- Make simulation learning techniques more accessible for students in remote, rural, and regional settings.
- Ensure the application of simulation learning techniques in the clinical training of professional entry students.
- Enhance clinical training experiences
Victorian Regional Health Service eLearning Network
This is a collaboration between various health regions – Grampians, Loddon Mallee and Gippsland, Hume, and Kineo. It provides online development resources for a wide range of professional health service workers in various organisations all over the regions. It is designed for all public health services in regional Victoria.