SILENT STUDENTS: Nursing director Faith March doesn't expect these 'friends' to have much to say.
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New Indigenous health study course at planning stage

INDIGENOUS people living across regional NSW may soon have an extra option in their desire for a career in health care.

Booroongen Djugun College (BDC) based in the Macleay Valley is seeking expressions of interest from potential nursing students ready to study on campus or online.

The college wishes to introduce a new opportunity for health care training and an audit will be held on March 20 by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) of the nursing program's delivery and resources.

This step enables graduates of the course to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse.

College spokesperson Beth MacDonald said the Diploma in Nursing study is also available to non-Indigenous students who have a desire to close the gap in areas of health, education and employment.

"Offering this course will be a significant step towards empowering our local people, supporting our community and achieving equality in the delivery of healthcare on the Mid North Coast,” she said.

"Those living in Coffs Harbour or in fact any part of the state will be able to study the course externally while attending the college for those parts which are necessary under direct tuition.”

Director of Training and Services, Faith March, said in preparation for the audit, management have been planning the modules to be offered.

"The course has been written for flexible delivery and will be available as soon as ANMAC gives approval for graduates to register,” she said.

"I strongly recommend that people already working in, or wishing to work in primary health care and who want to acquire formal nursing qualifications, contact the college to register their interest.”

BDC is a previous winner of Adult Learning Australia's Indigenous Community Provider of the Year, one of 25 awards won since commencing operations in 1995.

For information call 6560 2000 or email director@booroongendjugun.com.au



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