Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST) will today toast the achievements of its inaugural
Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Program 2012 graduates and launch the 2013 program, with
a presentation ceremony and celebratory morning tea at the Hobart Function Centre.

ACST CEO Darren Mathewson said the program, which invests in graduate nurses through support
and mentoring, was critical in helping the aged care sector in Tasmania retain and attract skilled
nurses.

“Aged care is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia and the ACST graduate program
helps Tasmania develop and retain the next batch of aged care professionals,” Mr Mathewson said.

“In other industries, we’re already seeing an increasing number of young Tasmanians gaining
formal degrees or qualifications before moving interstate to improve their career prospects.

“As a sector, aged care must be congratulated for conducting a program that keeps recently
graduated nurses in Tasmania, despite not attracting the funding and support to ensure the
program’s future sustainability.”
Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST)