LOCAL CARE: Charleville Individual Support Teacher Sonja Street with students Virginia McDonald, Rowena Treadwell and Sandra Weier.
LOCAL CARE: Charleville Individual Support Teacher Sonja Street with students Virginia McDonald, Rowena Treadwell and Sandra Weier. Contributed

Caring for our locals

CHARLEVILLE'S first group of locally trained aged care workers are close to completing their nationally recognised qualification in Certificate III in Individual Support and Ageing as they complete their placement with local aged care providers.

Students Virginia McDonald, Rowena Treadwell, Kerry Emms, Rebecca McGennisken and Sandra Weier began their placement at Charleville's Waroona facility on Wednesday, June 6, with another student Mel Waters completing her placement with the local Blue Care.

TAFE Queensland individual support teacher, Sonja Street, thanked the local care providers for coming on board to provide local placement opportunities for the students.

"I am so grateful for the support of both Blue Care and Waroona in Charleville, because without opportunities for local placements, students would need to travel to other centres to complete their studies, something that can be too expensive and impractical for many,” Ms Street said.

Rowena Treadwell is completing her placement at Charleville's Waroona Aged Care Facility said the training and work placement had helped her find a rewarding career.

"I enjoy caring for other people as it makes me feel that I am taking care of my own family,” Ms Treadwell said.

"It has been really interesting and I'm happy.”


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