Cul­ti­vat­ing the care fac­tor

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THE aged care in­dus­try is grow­ing and there is an on­go­ing need for qual­i­fied and com­mit­ted staff. This is a high pri­or­ity not only for Pad­man Health Care, but for other aged care providers across the coun­try.

Pad­man Health Care is the largest pri­vately owned provider of aged care ser­vices in South Aus­tralia. Since it was founded by direc­tors Viv and Florence Pad­man in 1984, it has been ded­i­cated to en­rich­ing the lives of its res­i­dents by en­gag­ing in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als who are highly skilled and have a pas­sion for what they do.

With the need for such staff in mind, Pad­man Health Care has cre­ated its own reg­is­tered train­ing or- gan­i­sa­tion. Cre­at­ing a spirit of car­ing and a tra­di­tion of ex­cel­lence has al­ways been Pad­man’s pri­mary fo­cus and it en­deav­ours to in­stil the same val­ues in its grad­u­ates.

Re­cent grad­u­ate Mau­reen, from the Viceroy site, says study­ing at Pad­man Health Care was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘It gave me a clear and re­al­is­tic in­sight into the aged care in­dus­try and the train­ing was de­liv­ered by lec­tur­ers with years of ex­pe­ri­ence in aged care,’’ she says.

‘‘As Pad­man Health Care has its own fa­cil­i­ties, I was able to do my work place­ment at one of their sites, where their skilled men­tors com­ple­mented the the­ory I had learnt.

‘‘I thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence of the course and at the end of it I was of­fered a po­si­tion at the site where I com­pleted my place­ment.

‘‘With many things in life, what you put in you get back. Aged care is no dif­fer­ent, with many grad­u­ates stat­ing that the in­ter­ac­tion they have with the res­i­dents makes their job ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing and re­ward­ing.’’

Some grad­u­ates con­tinue study­ing to pur­sue a nurs­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Pad­man Health Care con­tin­ues to ex­pand its cour­ses to sat­isfy the ever grow­ing need for trained per­son­nel in the com­mu­nity ser­vices sec­tor.

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