Eastern Health and Skills Training Australia

Eastern Health, is one of our largest partners for industry placements at Skills Training Australia, We sat down with Joanne Mapes to learn more about the organisation and to share with you the great opporunities available when undertaking the diploma.  
Are you ready to apply now? Click here to find out how and read more below about what your placement with Eastern Health could look like.

1. Tell me a little about Eastern Health, which hospitals fit under the organisation? What’s the vision and values of the organisation? 

We have over 50 facilities and our main sites include:

  • Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully
  • Box Hill Hospital in Box Hill
  • Healesville & District Hospital in Healesville
  • Maroondah Hospital in Ringwood East
  • Peter James Centre in Burwood East
  • Spectrum - which provides treatment for people with personality disorders
  • Turning Point - which provides treatment, research and education in the fields of alcohol, other drugs and gambling
  • Wantirna Health in Wantirna
  • Yarra Ranges Health in Lilydale and
  • Yarra Valley Community Health Service, Healesville and surrounds

Our Mission - To provide positive health experiences for people and communities in the east.


Goals - We have identified five strategic directions that will help us achieve our mission:

  • A Provider of Great Healthcare
  • A Great Patient Experience
  • A Great Place to Learn and Work
  • A Great Partner with our Communities
  • A Great Achiever in Sustainability

Values - We are also committed to upholding our guiding values of:

  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Compassion
  • Team work
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Collaboration

2. How many students to do take from Skills Training per year?

In 2015, 229 students from Skills Training Australia (STA) attended placements at Eastern Health in a variety of settings including acute, mental health and sub-acute.

In 2016 we anticipate to have over 200 STA enrolled eursing students undertake placement at Eastern Health.

In addition, 80 Easten Heath employees undertook additional training at STA. Courses include complex care and intravenous medication administration, Advanced Diploma of Nursing, Bridging program for mental health Enrolled Nurse Diploma and Certificate III Health Assistance for the new Nursing Assistants.


3. What does the day-to-day experience look like for Skills Training students?

Students are allocated to a particular clinical area for the duration of their placement. While on placement students are paired with one or two preceptors. This ensures consistency of supervision and learning for the students.

All nursing staff work within a team nursing model of care offering additional support and further opportunities for learning. Each shift commences with clinical handover at the bedside and together the nursing team then assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for the allocated patients, while working with the multidisciplinary team.

Each clinical area at Eastern Health has a Clinical Nurse Educator / Clinical Support Nurse from the Practice Development Unit who supports, coaches and mentors the learners, offering additional learning and debrief sessions in the simulated learning facilities at each site.

4. How do you transition students into full time roles at an Eastern Health facility?

Eastern Health delivers an Enrolled Nurse Induction Program for all new enrolled nurses who join the organisation. This is a 6 month supported program of skill acquisition and clinical competency, built around 2 professional development study days.
The program runs four times per annum ensuring all new enrolled nurses gain additional support, assessment and learning to ensure they develop the competency and confidence to work in the varying environments across the health service.

5. What do you see as the biggest benefit of on-the-job learning whilst studying the Diploma of Nursing?
Exposure to the clinical environment enables the learner to translate their theoretical knowledge into practice and gain confidence and competence in direct care delivery. Skills and behaviours are learned which cannot be achieved in the classroom or online environment.

6. Tell me about your partnership with Skills Training - how does it work?

STA are our primary partner for EN and Health Assistant education and training.
EH representatives meet regularly with STA management to plan and develop the partnership. Our placement coordinators liaise with clinical teachers and unit leads on a day to day basis regarding individual students or placement requirements/changes.
We have always found STA to be flexible, accommodating and willing to adapt their programs/systems to meet our requirements.
Eastern Health has recently launched an Enrolled Nurse Fellowship with STA. This offers a unique opportunity for a select number of students from each intake to be guaranteed all clinical placements at Eastern Health facilities throughout their Diploma of Nursing. These students are then given the opportunity to apply and interview for an ongoing position at Eastern Health following successful completion of their Diploma of Nursing and registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Board.

Are you ready to take your next step in becoming an Enrolled Nurse? Get in touch with us to apply.