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New short course builds skills to control infection in aged care

New short course builds skills to control infection in aged care

Thursday, March 14, 2019

  The avoidance of infection outbreak and management to reduce its reach are high priority in any sector, but particularly when your work environment involves caring for some of the most vulnerable members of the community.   The right knowledge and practical skills are needed to protect those in your care from infection, and ensure that the outbreak’s risk of […]

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Passion for children’s learning: Melissa Walters’ child care career

Passion for children’s learning: Melissa Walters’ child care career

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Humans of Selmar: Melissa Walters Graduate & Centre Director // Goodstart Early Learning Torquay   With a love for children, a child care career was a natural choice for Melissa Walters, Centre Director of Goodstart Early Learning Torquay. Melissa’s career in child care started straight out of high school, completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education […]

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Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set: Refreshed short course

Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set: Refreshed short course

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Organisations which invest in the knowledge and skills of their people are rewarded with better business outcomes – and this is particularly true of the aged care sector. With a Royal Commission exploring aged care quality and safety in full swing, the spotlight is on this important industry which is set to care for a […]

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Assistant Director Mei shares her Selmar child care journey

Assistant Director Mei shares her Selmar child care journey

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

     Humans of Selmar: Mei Lee Teoh Graduate & now Assistant Director // Guardian: Kids Time McKinnon When it comes to passion in the workplace, Mei’s love for her child care career is truly contagious. A qualified teacher in Malaysia, moving to Melbourne saw Mei ready to make a bit of a career shift and she […]

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Start the New Year inspired with 15 good news stories you may have missed in 2018

Start the New Year inspired with 15 good news stories you may have missed in 2018

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Start the New Year inspired with 15 good news stories you may have missed in 2018 Sometimes it is hard to feel optimistic at times in a world saturated by negative media, in particular social media and an abundance of ‘fake news’. When negative stories sell and are frequently served up on our screens, it’s […]

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Are you eligible for a free course and government subsidised priority courses?

Are you eligible for a free course and government subsidised priority courses?

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Victorian state government as part of its recent election promises, is offering free TAFE on a selection of priority courses for eligible students across Victoria. Priority courses were determined for industries that have a high demand for skilled workers and includes over 30 priority non-apprenticeship courses and 20 apprenticeship pathway courses. A range of […]

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How to find the best online child care courses

How to find the best online child care courses

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Deciding on the course that’s right for your career path can be tricky enough, then there’s the other important decisions like how to choose between the online child care courses available to you. Don’t worry — while not all online courses are created equal, we’ve rounded up some essentials to look for when finding the […]

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5 Fun aged care Christmas craft ideas for seniors

5 Fun aged care Christmas craft ideas for seniors

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas can be an exciting time, full of joy and festivities, so how can we celebrate with seniors in aged care? There are little things you can do in your aged care facility to harness the spirit of Christmas and put a smile on the faces of your residents. Channel the benefits of art therapy […]

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Appointment of Marcus Sellen, CEO Catalyst Education

Appointment of Marcus Sellen, CEO Catalyst Education

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

As seen on catalysteducation.com.au Catalyst Education, one of Australia’s leading providers of high-quality vocational education and training (VET) in the important aged care, disability and early childhood education sectors has appointed Marcus Sellen as Chief Executive Officer. Catalyst Education is the corporate umbrella for Selmar Institute of Education. Marcus is a respected vocational education entrepreneur and practitioner […]

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Selmar view: Building a Quality Aged Care Workforce

Selmar view: Building a Quality Aged Care Workforce

Thursday, December 6, 2018

It was a fantastic opportunity to join like-minded industry professionals at the ‘Building a Quality Aged Care Workforce’ conference, with the shared aim that we are so passionate about – developing strategies to meet the workforce needs of the aged care industry   Creating positive change through collaboration in training and education   The future […]

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Group first aid training with Melton South Community Centre

Group first aid training with Melton South Community Centre

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

When it comes to supporting the local community and giving people the opportunity to access a range of resources to achieve their goals, Melton South Community Centre gets it right. A hub for those looking for support groups or keen to take on short courses in a community group setting, Melton South Community Centre works […]

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School readiness funding to support kindergartens

School readiness funding to support kindergartens

Monday, November 12, 2018

School readiness is a topic that the early childhood education industry is focused on enhancing, and for good reason — after all, childcare and kindergarten is where educators get the opportunity to give children the necessary tools to transition to life as schoolchildren! To support funded kindergarten programs in preparing children for the next stage […]

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The mutual benefits of professional development in child care

The mutual benefits of professional development in child care

Everyone likes a win-win, don’t they? And supporting a team of employees in accessing professional development opportunities is just that. Professional development in child care is an investment into your business and its most important resource – its people.   Being proactive about building the skills of your workforce is a simple yet incredibly effective […]

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The four biggest aged care recruitment challenges the industry is tackling

The four biggest aged care recruitment challenges the industry is tackling

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

As the aged care sector evolves at lightening pace a number of unique recruitment challenges have emerged. And with aged care booming, it is clear that the industry is set to become a huge employer in Australia. In fact, according to a Hesta report titled Transforming Aged Care, by 2050 the aged care workforce will […]

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The growing and evolving aged care industry landscape

The growing and evolving aged care industry landscape

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The most recent report from IBIS World on aged care residential services in Australia suggests that the aged care industry’s revenue is now worth more than $20bn – employing more than 256,000 Australians within over 1,800 businesses. These numbers may seem staggering, but this is only the beginning for aged care in Australia. In the […]

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Incredible seniors smashing through age barriers!

Incredible seniors smashing through age barriers!

Monday, September 17, 2018

The month of October the Victorian Seniors Festival is on, and to honour this we’re highlighting some of the incredible feats achieved by the oldest people in our community. Senior simply means ‘of a more advanced age’, yet it can be attached to unflattering connotations – namely about being less capable. Flying in the face of this, […]

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Why aged care is more than just a job

Why aged care is more than just a job

Friday, September 7, 2018

A look at aged care through the eyes of our trainers. Aged care trainers: Cheryl Peacock, Sally Forbes and Karen Richards It’s often said that working in aged care isn’t a job that’s chosen at random, instead, it’s a vocation – people have a strong feeling it’s what they are meant to do. Sometimes it […]

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Exceeding Expectations — ECMS Beyond Tomorrow Conference

Exceeding Expectations — ECMS Beyond Tomorrow Conference

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Professional development in early childhood education is something that we are passionate advocates of, and the ECMS Beyond Tomorrow Conference is an excellent example of what childcare services can do as a team to continue to build on their knowledge and skills and stay up to date in the industry. It all took place on August […]

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Child care jobs boom in Australia

Child care jobs boom in Australia

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In a time where it can seem like jobs and industry growth are uncertain, there’s one area in Australia that’s booming: Child care services, which is always generating plenty of child care jobs. In fact, people of all ages are undertaking child care courses, keen to join the country’s ever-growing industry. According to IBIS World, […]

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Why you don’t need to let learning difficulties hold you back

Why you don’t need to let learning difficulties hold you back

    While learning and studying can come easily for some people, there are many others who dread the idea of starting a course. Many students are keen to get qualified but have experienced learning difficulties which make it hard to imagine the thought of studying again. Getting qualified isn’t a journey you need to take alone! We […]

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Mary Fennessy, Selmar’s student support Guru

Mary Fennessy, Selmar’s student support Guru

Monday, July 2, 2018

     Humans of Selmar: Mary Fennessy, Student Support Coordinator   Getting qualified isn’t a journey you need to take alone, and with committed support from people like Mary Fennessy, why would you? Let’s face it, the thought of studying can be daunting. Add in work and family commitments, you can quickly feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t […]

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What can I claim — top student tax deductions

What can I claim — top student tax deductions

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Top 5 tax hacks for students If you’re a student who’s wondering ‘ What can I claim at tax time? ‘, you might be surprised to learn of these five hacks to maximise your tax return. Don’t let these tax deductions slip past you while you’re studying. With tax time coming up at the end […]

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Selmar’s placement matchmaker Kylie Jackson

Selmar’s placement matchmaker Kylie Jackson

Friday, May 25, 2018

Selmar’s practical placement co-ordinator, Kylie Jackson is passionate about the importance practical work placement plays for students and takes great pride in making it a valuable and positive experience.     We all know what an important industry early childhood education is. Providing nurturing care as well as play-based learning experiences to enhance children’s development during the […]

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Gaining meaningful employment as a Permanent Resident of Australia

Gaining meaningful employment as a Permanent Resident of Australia

Friday, April 13, 2018

If you have recently becoming a Permanent Resident in Australia, Congratulations! Living in Australia gives you so many opportunities to enjoy, but you might be feeling concerned about finding employment as a Permanent Resident. Not to worry, as there are many industries in Australia with rewarding career options for you to explore. Aged care is […]

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Are all first aid courses found on online genuine? Here’s how to tell

Are all first aid courses found on online genuine? Here’s how to tell

Monday, April 9, 2018

You’ve been researching first aid courses online and they all seem okay, but how do you know if they are genuine? You want an accredited first aid certificate that is nationally recognised, and not all trainers offering first aid courses can deliver that. Telling the difference between genuine, accredited first aid courses and ones that […]

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How to become an Aged Care Team Leader

How to become an Aged Care Team Leader

Friday, April 6, 2018

The aged care industry has many roles on offer to enjoy throughout your career. A position you might like to pursue is that of Aged Care Team Leader. This role involves leading a team of carers to ensure the highest standard of care is provided at all times. The position description for an Aged Care […]

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How to become a Room Leader in child care

How to become a Room Leader in child care

Thursday, March 29, 2018

There are many roles to pursue in an early childhood education career. One position in a child care setting is Room Leader. This is the educator who is responsible for running a room. To become a Room Leader you’ll need experience along with the right qualifications. Things that are expected of a Room Leader can vary […]

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Follow up email samples for child care jobs

Follow up email samples for child care jobs

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Now that you know what to expect at a child care job interview, its time for your next move. Many people accept that after your child care job interview, it is really just a waiting game. But it doesn’t have to be. You can take steps to impress your prospective employer even after the interview […]

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What to expect from a child care job interview

What to expect from a child care job interview

Monday, March 26, 2018

Getting the call to schedule a job interview for a role you applied for is exciting and means a big opportunity is in front of you. It’s no surprise then that so many people feel anxious and nervous at the thought of it. Knowing what to expect from your child care job interview can help […]

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Follow up email samples for aged care jobs

Follow up email samples for aged care jobs

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Now that you know what to expect at an aged care job interview, its time for your next move. Part of the process of applying for jobs is standing out from the other applicants. A professional, thought-out resume can get you an aged care job interview, and then you need to really shine. Good interview […]

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