Education and Professional Development


Yarrawonga Health prides itself on the educational opportunities offered to all the staff within the organisation and volunteers.

All staff. both clinical and non-clinical, are given the opportunity to participate in external and internal education offered through and by Yarrawonga Health. These education topics include Wound Management, Palliative Care, Diabetes, Dementia, Cultural Awareness, Mental Health, Skill Building, First Line Emergency Care, Paediatrics, Trauma management and Pressure Injury Prevention.

Our Transition to Nursing Program, for Post-Graduate Nurses, has continued to provide a program that is supportive, innovative and contemporary, meeting the individual needs of the Graduates. This program is now an educationally integrated arrangement with Northeast Health Wangaratta, Benalla and District Memorial Hospital, Mansfield Hospital and Alpine Health. The integration centres on a collaborative arrangement with the four other organisations in providing education to all the graduates within the organisations.

Yarrawonga Health in conjunction with Wodonga Institute of TAFE continues to maintain a proven collegial relationship in the delivery of the Certificate 4 in Nursing. Yarrawonga Health has been able to employ just under half the graduates from the Certificate 4 for the 2010 course and we continue to liaise closely to ensure contemporary delivery of education. A number of the Yarrawonga Health staff are adjunct lecturers for Wodonga Institute of TAFE and this ensures that the education that they deliver, is contemporary and within industry framework. This course is will be progressing to the Diploma in Nursing in 2011.


Clinical Education Facility

The Clinical Education Centre (CEC) in partnership with the University of Melbourne provides state-of-the-art education and accommodation facilities in Yarrawonga. The facility includes education areas, student study areas, office space for lecturers and support staff along with on-site accommodation for up to four students at any one point. This facility is adjacent to the Hospital in Lynch Street.

From 2011, Yarrawonga Health will have on-site medical students from the University of Melbourne, as well as the continual streams of undergraduate students from other disciplines.

Due to medical workforce shortages, there has recently been a substantial increase in medical school places and the number of domestic medical graduates entering the workforce is to rise substantially during 2011 and 2012. It is anticipated that an intern will be based at Yarrawonga Health for 20 weeks and do their medical, surgical and emergency rotations to a major centre eg. Albury-Wodonga Health. The intern based at Yarrawonga Health will benefit from the education facility and this initiative integrate with the medical students who will be on-site from 2011.

Both Medical Practices have a Registrar based in their Practice and they also work at Yarrawonga Health. Both Practices have established links with Bogong Regional Training Network. These Registrars will also be able to utilise and benefit from the proposed educational facilities and will also reinforce the integration of medical education.

Having students on-site provides them with the opportunities to experience the rural setting with the aim of the students remaining in the community as Medical Practitioners once they have graduated. Currently, students rotate for only a two week period. This new facility will provide the education on-site with students living in Yarrawonga. The education and accommodation facility will provide on-site education for the Medical students. The new facilities will have the capacity to accommodate four students at any one time.

The teaching facilities will reduce the requirement for students to travel and enable onsite education. Technological teaching aids such as video-conferencing facilities will reduce duplication and inefficiencies for both the education provider and students. This will benefit all health professionals but in particular students, interns and registrars.

The CEC will deliver an appropriately configured, community embedded accommodation facility which is located at Yarrawonga Health. This will enable students to easily access the Hospital, Medical and Nursing staff as required as well as attend any clinical based requirements throughout their programs.

The CEC will ultimately lead to Yarrawonga being able to provide a state-of-the art integrated educational facility that will enhance the ability to provide training opportunities.