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Four new lecturers boost skills in bush

By Patrick Nelson

New Community Services staff Shirley Allison, Jo Rose, Kerry Shervey, Sandra-Jane Moller and team leader Peter Hogan New Community Services staff Shirley Allison, Jo Rose, Kerry Shervey, Sandra-Jane Moller and team leader Peter Hogan

Four new lecturers have joined Charles Darwin University’s Community Services and Health team in Alice Springs following a recent upsurge in demand for services in the southern part of the Northern Territory.

Team leader Peter Hogan recently welcomed Kerry Shervey, Shirley Allison, Sandra Moller and Jo Rose to the Alice Springs campus, saying their arrival had doubled the community services presence in Central Australia.

“Ms Shervey will deliver community services courses in Alice Springs and develop fresh curriculum resources, while the others will focus on building the skills and competency of care-givers in bush communities throughout MacDonnell region,” Mr Hogan said.

“The program is already under way. The team has begun delivery of practical training to care-givers in the home, community and aged care areas.”

Mr Hogan said CDU staff would deliver about 25 days training in Papunya, Haasts Bluff, Hermannsburg, Areyonga, Imanpa, Apatula, Titjikala and Amoonguna before the middle of the year.

“One of the important outcomes of the training is that older people living on remote communities will be able to stay in their communities and receive care from trained and qualified people in the local community.”