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Disability certificate course starts in Tennant Creek

By Patrick Nelson

Tennant Creek students begin the certificate course in disability Tennant Creek students begin the certificate course in disability

Charles Darwin University’s Community Services team has begun delivering a certificate course in disability as part of the university’s ongoing commitment to servicing the needs of the Barkly.

Some 10 students, mostly employees from the personal care sector in Tennant Creek, have enrolled in the Certificate III in Disability program, which has been designed to be delivered over 12 months with a mix of face-to-face delivery and self-directed learning.

CDU’s Tennant Creek Centre Leader Kate Young said the course was being offered in line with the National Disability Insurance Scheme trial, which began in the Barkly on July 1.

“The course will equip graduates with new skills, knowledge and the confidence to competently service and care for the 100-plus people with disabilities in our region,” Ms Young said.

“We are encouraged that they are an enthusiastic group who are craving to learn.”

Ms Young said Alice Springs based Lecturer in Nursing Robin Cross delivered the first two blocks.

“The focus was on recognising healthy body systems, and assisting clients with medications.”