The purpose of Bass Coast Health’s Education department is to encourage and support organisational staff in the ongoing development of best practice within their field and to ensure access to quality health care. The department has a responsibility to coordinate and organise education to all staff who are employed at the Health Service.
The department is staffed by clinical development nurses and a coordinator who deliver structured education sessions to all staff, so that the workforce is able to provide the best possible care for our patients and clients. The education department works in conjunction with other departments to ensure training is relevant to the organisations workforce.
The education department is involved in relationships with Universities & TAFE providers, both in Victoria and interstate, so that we can strive towards the best possible preparation of our future workforce. Nurses and Midwives are supported to undertake Post Graduate Education and our videoconferencing facilities are utilised on a regular basis so that the nurses/midwives are able to attend lectures at the hospital rather than travelling abroad.
The education department is also a part of the Gippsland Regional Nurse Educators Group, which meets on a regular basis. This group is divided into sub-regions and meetings are held regularly within the south west sub-region which is made up of the following Health Services - West Gippsland Healthcare Group (Warragul), Gippsland Southern Health Service (Korumburra & Leongatha), South Gippsland Hospital (Foster) and Kooweerup Regional Health Service.
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Bass Coast Health is involved with undergraduate nursing, midwifery, medical and allied health students. Placements are organised through viCPlace a Department of Health & Human Services initiative which enables Education Providers and Clinical Placement Providers to allocate students in a transparent, open process.
Students undertake an orientation program on their first day at the hospital and complete a number of competencies prior to commencing their clinical placement.
An undergraduate clinical facilitator is employed within the department and their role is to oversee the placement and clinical practice of students.
Our undergraduate students are rotated throughout the Health Service including the community.
t: 03 5671 3320
Midwifery Clinical Development Nurse
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Bass Coast Health is involved in two graduate nursing programs - Acute Program and Expanded Care Program. The acute program is able to accommodate four nurses who have a variety of clinical rotations including the operating suite and emergency department.
The expanded care program is able to accommodate three nurses and the rotations include sub-acute, district nursing and aged care.
Third year nurses wishing to enrol in either program do so in conjunction with Computer Match Victoria. An open day is usually held in May/June as the computer match process usually closes in late July of each year.
Graduate nurses have a full orientation program and study days are held regularly throughout the year. The graduates are employed for twelve months.
The clinical development nurses who coordinate the graduate program are:
t: 03 5671 3320
The Gippsland Clinical Training Network (CTN) has been established to support clinical education and training activities in Victoria's east.
All health service providers within the Gippsland CTN boundaries are automatic members of the network. All education providers that access student clinical placements within the network are also members.
The Gippsland CTN is led by a Committee that is representative of the CTNs membership base. The Committee members represent the different sectors involved in clinical training in the CTN.
The CTN is also supported by the work of a dedicated Coordinator and Information Support Officer.
Each year the Department of Health & Human Services funds education across the Gippsland Region. The Gippsland Region is divided into three sub-regions. Bass Coast is a member of the South West Region together with West Gippsland Healthcare Group (Warragul), Gippsland Southern Health Service (Korumburra & Leongatha), South Gippsland Hospital (Foster) and Kooweerup Regional Health Service.
The education managers from each hospital meet on a bi-monthly basis to plan and coordinate the education for the sub-region. Meetings are also held on a regular basis with the Director's of Nursing & Midwifery.
This funding enables visiting speakers to come to the health services and reduces the requirement for nurses and midwives to travel abroad for education. A needs analysis is conducted annually which determines the education plans for the following year.
Accommodation Request Booking Form
Graduate Nurse Program
Clinical Training Network
Bass Coast Health acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country.
Many of Bass Coast Health programs are supported by funding from the Commonwealth and State Government.