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CARE FACTOR: How TAFE NSW is helping local mum turbocharge career path


CARE FACTOR: How TAFE NSW is helping local mum turbocharge career path

WHO CARES WINS: Goulburn mum Kathryn Clowry (right) with a resident at Uniting Crookwell. TAFE NSW has helped Ms Clowry take the next step in her nursing career.

2 April 2024

A Goulburn mum with a passion for providing dignity and care to locals in their twilight years is on the cusp of a giant career leap – with the help of TAFE NSW.

Kathryn Clowry, 37, has a close family affiliation with the health industry, with her mum, brother, sister, and aunty all having worked in nursing.

Keen to forge her own path but still be in a caring role, Ms Clowry entered the aged care sector at 20 and currently works as an assistant-in-nursing at Uniting Crookwell.

To take her career to the next level, Ms Clowry enrolled in a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW and has been offered a team leader position at her current job when she graduates in September.

It comes as demand surges for aged care professionals, with a report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) warned that the skills shortage in aged care in Australia could reach 110,000 or more in the next decade and 400,000 by 2050.

Meanwhile, the health care and social assistance industry remains the largest in the Goulburn-Mulwaree council area, according to Economy ID, generating 2632 local jobs.

“My husband was unable to continue working for personal reasons and I knew becoming a registered nurse would help me earn more money and ensure my family could get adequately supported,” Ms Clowry said.

“The course has been really practical and I’m learning things like taking manual blood pressures and neurological observations.”

She said having a close relationship with her grandparents in their final years had convinced her aged care was the career path for her.

“I treat the residents like family; the way I treat and talk to my grandparents is the same way I treat and talk to the residents,” Ms Clowry said. “Being so close to my grandparents gave me a better understanding of older people and it’s a privilege to be the one looking after them.”

Upon completing her Diploma of Nursing, Ms Clowry intends to study her Bachelor of Nursing and become a Registered Nurse. 

“By removing financial barriers to training in these priority areas, we hope to grow a more diverse workforce, with greater representation across gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, abilities and circumstances.”

TAFE NSW nursing teacher Janie Fitz said enrolments were still open for the 2024 Diploma of Nursing intake.

“There are so many different pathways you can take with the diploma – public acute, private, community, GP clinic and more,” Ms Fitz said.

“Virtually every nursing graduate secures a job and it’s extremely rewarding and flexible work.”

Students are also required to complete 400 hours work placement as part of the diploma, she said.


Media contact: Dan Johns, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist,, 0477 722 428