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National Volunteer Week
In recognition of National Volunteer Week (16-22 May), the team at Bestwest Care sends our heartfelt thanks to the thousands of aged care volunteers supporting our industry partners and WA’s elderly, whether they are living at home or in residential care.
As an agency workforce provider and RTO, specialising in community, aged and disability care, we are acutely aware of the valuable contribution of volunteers, who generously donate their personal time in providing critical support and companionship to Western Australia‘s elderly.
The Covid pandemic has been particularly tough on those working and residing in assisted living (aged care), most of whom have experienced extended lockdowns and home isolation.
For so many people in residential care, highly anticipated outings and activities were cancelled, volunteers and even close family members were banned from visiting, at a time when the elderly and the vulnerable desperately needed to see a friendly face.
So, welcome back, friendly, hard-working aged care volunteers! You generously offer your valuable time, comfort, companionship and support, vital to the wellbeing of Australia’s elderly. Thank you all for your kindness, compassion, hard work and dedication. Everyone in Aged care sincerely appreciates you!
For further information about volunteering and working in the aged care sector:
Register on the new government site dedicated to aged care volunteers https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs
Volunteering is a great way to see if you are suited to working in the Aged Care sector, which is in dire need of a boost to its paid workforce. Contact Bestwest Care if you are interested in qualifying as an aged and disability care and support worker.
Knowing First Aid is a Must in Life
Learning First Aid is a brilliant, practical and cost-effective way to gain important skills that can potentially save the life of an infant, a colleague, a partner or a friend. From burns to bee stings, snakebites to strokes, as a qualified first aider, you will have the confidence to step up and take action in the event of an emergency. For example, knowing when to call 000, having the basic skills of CPR, or knowing how to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre would be considered first aid. Also, learning how to dress wounds or deal with broken bones may become a beneficial skill when you least expect it.
Bestwest Care’s experienced educators are here to deliver nationally recognised First Aid courses at our dedicated training facility, conveniently located in Kwinana Trade Centre. In addition to attaining a nationally recognised certification, you will walk away with a tremendous feeling of satisfaction and achievement.
Most importantly, our First Aid educators will make it fun as they share valuable, real-life stories from their experiences as active first responders, registered and enrolled nurses and therapists, as well as former paramedics and health care workers.
Limited Dates for First Aid Course
Call 9439 1673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place in our next course. The next available dates are the 29th & 30th April and the 13th & 27th May 2022.
- HLTAID011 Provide First Aid competency involves at-home theory, followed by a practical one-day workshop
- Successful participants receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment and a complimentary ABC First Aid Guide upon course completion
- Invest in a First Aid course for just $165!
Specialist care roles and career pathways in 2022
Where will your training take you this year?
Whether you’re fresh out of school looking to kickstart your career or are someone ready to change it entirely— we’re here to help! At Bestwest Care, we are industry leaders in WA providing accredited education and workplace training to help strengthen the disability, mental health and aged care workforce. You have the drive, and we simply help you pave your pathway to employment by providing you with the tools to build a rewarding career in care!
Where do I start?
It can be tricky to know where to start when it comes to your choice of certificate, course or unit. At Bestwest Care, the possibilities are endless—it’s up to you and what you make of it! Our classes are designed to equip you with relevant industry knowledge, experience, skills and confidence to help you excel in a care-based career. We specialise in providing education and training to help you gain professional roles as registered and enrolled nurses, support staff, allied health assistants, activity officers and more.
Are you looking to specialise your skills and gain employment in the aged care or disability sector? Our Certificate III in Individual Support is a great place to get your training started. The Certificate III specialises in offering you a broad range of employment opportunities in personal, community,
disability or aged care positions. You can be qualified to provide person-centred care and support to the elderly and people with a disability in residential aged care or home setting with a Certificate III in Individual Support in just eight weeks.
Or perhaps you’re already employed and are looking to upskill or become more specialised in your field? In that case, our list of accredited courses and competency units can certainly help! Check them out below or find more information and our complete list of accredited courses and individual units here!
Our certificate training courses:
Why Bestwest Care?
Since 2001, we have proudly been one of the leading registered training organisations in WA and pride ourselves on our trainee graduates’ 95 per cent success and employment rates. Our dedicated team of educators share valuable life experiences working in aged care, disability, and health sectors and strive to deliver all courses at the highest standard. Those incredible life experiences include job roles like registered and enrolled nurses, active first responders, therapists, paramedics and aged care, disability, and mental health support workers.
If you’re seeking a rewarding, purposeful career in care and the information you have just read ticks all your boxes—we would love to hear from you! Enquire now to find our next available course, or call us on (08) 9439 1673 today, and we’ll help you get started.
Don’t settle for an ordinary job, the aged care industry is calling!
Found yourself in a job that you don’t enjoy? Wondering if you could be doing more? Constantly feeling like you want a more meaningful and rewarding career? Perhaps you are just looking for a fresh start, a new challenge or, you are in the early stages of your working life and considering all available options. Well… a career in the Aged Care industry might just be the perfect fit for you!
What is aged care?
Those who have a career in aged care are dedicated to providing support to people who cannot fully support themselves. Support can be provided to elders living in an aged care facility, retirement home or even their own homes. Aged care services in Western Australia can be split into two key categories — hands-on support or indirect support. Within both there are a few sub-categories:
General everyday living (hands-on):
- Social outings
Personal care (hands-on):
- Personal hygiene
Health care (hands-on):
- Administering medication
- After-hospital care
- Respite care
- Operating retirement home
- Managing assisted living facilities
Aged Care Equipment (indirect):
- Providing equipment
- Manufacture equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs etc.
Home modification work (indirect):
- Installing handrails, ramps etc.
What are the benefits of joining the industry?
Being a part of the West Australian aged care industry has many benefits, and provides you with a wide set of transferable skills that areapplicable to your everyday life. Read our list of top 4 benefits below:
Feel Rewarded in Your Role
A career in aged care is a highly fulfilling experience. Many in the industry feel rewarded and humbled by the positive impact that they can have on an individual’s life. The support provided by aged care workers contributes to their client’s overall happiness, improves their quality of life, and ensures that age is not a barrier to living an enjoyable life.
Build your Confidence and Skills
For many, the need to communicate regularly with elderly clients allowed for the development of interpersonal skills and confidence. In addition, many noted the growth in their emotional intelligence, multi-tasking and household skills. This can be attributed to the hands-on nature of aged care work, and the availability of training and upskilling courses offered within the industry.
Connect and Establish Fulfilling Relationships
As you journey through your career in the industry, you will connect with many individuals from an array of different backgrounds eager to share their life experiences. Not only will you be able to establish fulfilling relationships with your clients, but also fellow aged care workers, suppliers and stakeholders – giving you the opportunity to expand your knowledge, perspective and network.
Access Strong Employment Opportunities
As the Australian population continues to age, so does the demand for aged care workers. This means that you can enter the industry with the confidence and knowledge that aged care work is a sustainable career, with a consistent demand stream.
How to get started?
In Western Australia, there are 3 main criterias that you will need to demonstrate before you are able to apply for aged care work. Depending on the role, additional certifications might be required. The general criterias are as follows:
- Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community)
- Training and placement within an aged care facility (or equivalent)
- First Aid Certification
You might be thinking – how do I meet these criterias? Who offers these courses? Do I have time? Well, here at Bestwest Care we can tailor training, courses and certifications to your specific needs and situation. Our CHC3015 unit for example provides you with the opportunity to achieve your Certificate III in Individual Support in just 8 weeks. To find out more about this course click here. In addition to our accredited and individual aged care training courses; we are also a well-connected staffing agency, specialising in the provision of qualified and skilled staff to Western Australia’s health sector and aged care facilities.