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Act now to start your nursing career in Maryborough

Monday 14th November, 2022

Are you thinking of starting a nursing career? As we rapidly approach the end of the year it’s time to lock in your next step.

If you’re leaving school or thinking about returning to study, Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) is offering you the chance to train to be an enrolled nurse in a supported, hands-on learning environment in Maryborough.

Applications for the Diploma of Nursing, run onsite at Maryborough, in partnership with Bendigo TAFE (RTO no. 3077) are now open.

The 2023 intake at Maryborough District Health Service will start on Monday 13 February but you need to act now to meet course entry requirements.

Join an upcoming information session to find out more and take the pre-entry test.

Information sessions will be held in the Centre of Inspired Learning (COIL) Classroom at Maryborough District Health Service on Wednesday 16 November, Tuesday 29 November and Friday 13 January 2023.

The Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121) course runs over two years, three days a week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It is the perfect chance to study and learn new skills in the healthcare sector.

According to Sarah Broad, Operations Manager of Organisational Development at MDHS, there are many benefits to living, working and training locally.

“The TAFE course run at Maryborough offers the benefits of being able to learn and study locally with experienced nurses and educators in our community,” said Mrs Broad.

“We often hear from students that the experience gained from learning in a small to medium-sized health service means they get more breadth and exposure to different clinical scenarios.

“You also get to be part of a fun and amazing team, while helping to connect our community to great person-centred healthcare.

“At MDHS we encourage a culture of life-long learning and are committed to working with our team to develop flexible and tailored long-term career opportunities so it’s a great place to start your journey,” she said.

Bendigo TAFE CEO Sally Curtain said Bendigo TAFE is proud to partner with MDHS to provide its students with the skills and training for jobs of the future.

“Our 2-year nursing diploma means our students can get into the workforce quicker – and then work in their last two years if they choose to complete their bachelor’s degree to become a registered nurse.

“Nursing is a rewarding career with high job prospects for students when they complete their study, while also supporting the most vulnerable members of our community,” Ms Curtain said.

Bendigo TAFE student Tiarne Gale said she loves the convenience of being able to train as a nurse, just a 10 minute drive away from home.

Tiarne is in her second and final year of studying the Diploma of Nursing at Maryborough District Health Service through Bendigo TAFE.

“Learning here at MDHS has been a very positive experience for me,” said Ms Gale.

“I’ve made many friends and built many relationships. I find the teachers very welcoming and knowledgeable, and have a massive respect for everything nurses do.

“We’ve learnt a lot of skills such as caring for the elderly, slide sheets, basic life support, IVs and taking blood – it’s harder than it looks.

“It’s like one big family here, and I really like that when you come in you don’t feel intimidated.

“It’s very inclusive and a great learning environment, where you get a lot of one-on-one attention to develop your skills,’ she said.

To book your place at the upcoming information session in Maryborough visit

If you would like to find out more about the course in Maryborough, contact the team at the Centre of Inspired Learning at Maryborough District Health Service on 03 5461 0368.

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