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Tafe Upgrades Western Sydney Healthcare


Local students and the healthcare sector will benefit from a new state-of-the-art TAFE Health and Student Services Centre at TAFE Western Sydney in Kingswood.

Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro  officially opened the $27 million Centre at Nepean Campus which is expected to attract around 1,800 new students.

Mr Ayres acknowledged the increasing enrolments at Nepean TAFE and said the new facility will provide much needed opportunities for students and workers in Western Sydney to gain qualifications in the health care sector.

“Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in Western Sydney, and demand for skilled workers is currently exceeding supply,” Mr Ayres said.

“The new health care facility will cater for students studying nursing, health services assistance, health administration, dental assisting, audiometry, optical dispensing and sterilisation.

“With 54,000 jobs expected to be created over the next few years for aged and disabled carers, this new facility will provide training in nursing support and personal care to cater for the extensive growth in the region.”

Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said the new facility at TAFE Western Sydney will deliver innovative education solutions and technology-driven training for students.

“These facilities meet modern industry standards and ensure that students gain the skills and knowledge they need to be workplace-ready at the completion of their course,” Mr Barilaro said.

“For the first time, TAFE Western Sydney will offer health administration, sterilisation and optical dispensing as face-to-face courses.

“The Health and Student Services Centre’s training facilities include three hospital wards, a fully functional dental wing and optical dispensing unit, audiometry and instrument sterilisation facilities.

“It is important that our future workforce has the opportunity to gain skills in areas of future employment growth and this facility helps provide that.”


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