After the overwhelming success of its inaugural year, Aged and Community Services
Tasmania (ACST) is proud to announce the continuation of its Graduate Nurse Transition
to Practice Program in 2013, with applications opening tomorrow.

ACST Workforce Planning and Development Consultant Lee Veitch said the program,
which develops graduate nurses through support and mentoring, was now more critical
than ever, with the nation’s rapidly ageing population.

“Aged care is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia and the graduate program is
an extremely valuable resource,” Ms Veitch said.

“The program allows graduates to specialise in aged care and encourages young nurses to
develop a real passion for the industry.

“The industry must be congratulated on its decision to invest significantly in this program
and in workforce development more broadly, even with continuous challenges in gaining
any sort of government support for these programs.”

Ms Veitch added that the chances of those who successfully completed the program
securing long-term employment in the aged care sector were extremely high.

These sentiments were echoed by Graduate Nurse Lizzie Dannals, who said the program
was a huge benefit to participants, leading to employment and a clear career

“The program offers an alternative to acute nursing and our organisations have really
encouraged and embraced our professional development,” Ms Dannals said.
“The autonomy and responsibility that goes with working in aged care makes it a fantastic
learning environment.”

Ms Dannals said the program had developed her passion for the advocacy of aged care

“I’m very passionate about making sure residents get what they deserve and get the best of
what’s out there for them,” she said.

“Aged care has tended to attract nurses who may be futher along in their careers, so the
organisations seem excited to take on young, new faces.”

For more information and to request an information pack, visit the ACST website
Aged and Community Services Tasmania