The collaboration aims to train up more AINs (Assistants in Nursing),
to help enrolled and registered nurses who are already stretched to
meet a growing demand for their services across parts of western NSW.
"Non-government organisations like Mission Australia or CareWest
can now have access to adequately-skilled clinicians to do the job
that they are needing to do," said Jason Crisp, LHD Mental Health
Drug and Alcohol Services Director. "We're looking at skilling up
people across all fields, human services, social services, to be able
to ask the right questions about mental health and, more importantly,
know what to do with the answers they are given."
The new course will be delivered in seven blocks of one week's
duration over a period of 12 months and has been designed to be
accessible for students living in various towns around the area such
as Orange, Parkes, Forbes, Mudgee, Bathurst, Cowra and Lithgow. The
emphasis of the course will be on subjects that relate specifically to
"We have mental health specialists that deliver the course, and
it's all about working in a multi-disciplinary team, communicating
well, making sure that the messages are passed on to supervisors such
as the registered nurse," said Michael Bourke, TAFE Western
Educational Programs Manager. "These people are very much
assisting in the care of mental health patients."