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Healthy collaboration wins national award

ECU Award

A partnership between North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE), Edith Cowan University (ECU), NurseWest and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has been recognised with a national award. 

  • The program won an Award for Programs that Enhance Learning at Universities Australia’s Australian Awards for University Teaching
  • ECU’s Bachelor of Science (Nursing) students are offered the unique opportunity to undertake training with NMTAFE and become employed as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) whilst completing their registered nursing studies
  • There have been 800 students complete the program and transition to employment in the healthcare industry since 2010, making it a huge success.

Students achieve a nationally recognised HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance (Acute Care) which provides them with meaningful employment opportunities during their university studies. It also gives them a sense of purpose and secures financial support while they study. 

The AIN program links theory to practice, allows networking with future employers and provides authentic experiences that enhances students’ employability. 

In recognition of this success, the award from Universities Australia acknowledges the outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and experience in higher education. 

The judges offered the following feedback;
“A very impressive program that is distinctive, coherent and demonstrates clarity of purpose, influences and strongly supports student learning, demonstrates breadth of impact and addresses equity and diversity. It is strong contender in all the criteria. We would like to see its impact recognised Australia wide with other nursing schools developing programs like this one.”

The partnership sets a benchmark for programs within health disciplines, advancing employability skills and meeting industry labour force needs.

Find out more about our health courses and learn more about our Health Services Assistance courses from our lecturer Hazel Neale


Photo (L>R): Carole Crevacore, ECU School of Nursing and Midwifery; David Pelusey, North Metropolitan TAFE Health; Di Twigg, ECU School of Nursing and Midwifery; Julie Fereday, North Metropolitan TAFE Health.

Video: The Assistant in Nursing program is a unique collaboration between ECU, NorthMetro TAFE, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Nursewest. These organisations work together to provide meaningful learning opportunities and employment for current ECU registered nursing students.

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