Applications for the 2021 Amana Living Healthcare Professional Graduate Program open today, 20 July. The program offers education, mentoring and work placements at Amana Living to recently qualified nurses and allied health professionals.
This is the second year that Amana Living has offered a graduate program after receiving more than 170 applications for the inaugural intake. There are 12 places available to Amana Living staff and external applicants.
The program is part of Amana Living’s long term workforce development strategy, which aims to open up career pathways for clinical specialisation and leadership opportunities in order to build individual and organisational capacity to deliver exceptional aged care.
The graduate roles are permanent positions and the program combines classroom learning with practical experience, including rotations across Amana Living’s residential care, home care and corporate business units. The program was designed by the Amana Living Training Institute and includes aged care clinical leadership courses designed and delivered by Edith Cowan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Stephanie Buckland, Chief Executive Officer of Amana Living, said the program is part of the organisation’s commitment to investing in the growth of individuals but also the ability of the organisation to keep evolving and responding to situations like COVID-19 and beyond.
Stephanie said: “In 2018 the Aged Care Workforce Strategy highlighted the role of workforce education and training in attracting and retaining the right people with the right skills and the right attitude for aged care. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has picked up the Strategy’s themes, also recognising the need to develop specialist aged care education and training for nurses and allied health professionals to broaden their knowledge and capability to support those in aged care.
“Our graduate program meets those needs and more. It helps to create an agile workforce who can respond to the evolving needs of older Western Australians, while also improving our ability to respond to health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. It also makes sure we have a workforce who feel valued and supported in achieving their career ambitions within aged care.”
The annual program is open to external applicants as well as existing Amana Living staff. Applicants must have successfully completed either a Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) or Bachelor of Nursing /Allied Health specialty and registered in the last three years.
Applications close on 31 August. The selection process will begin in October with successful graduates starting the program in March 2021. Interested graduates can apply online here.