BY JOY OFASIA
LOCAL registered medical nurse, Monica Wale will leave the Solomon Islands to work in Australia’s age care industry after serving 20 years at the Kilu’ufi hospital in Malaita province.
She had been recently graduated with a Certificate III in Individual Support Aging, Home and Community after completing six months of training studies at the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) in Suva, Fiji.
It is a major milestone for her since an Australian employer has recruited her through the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) to undertake aged care roles in Mercy Services residential care facility in Singleton, New South Wales in Australia.
“I appreciate this offer and am looking forward to utilizing my skills gained through my studies to help the old age in Australia and hope to come back and use the skills and experience in our Hospitals or a Home Care in our country in the future,” said Monica.
She expressed that her role as a nursing caregiver had given her the passion to undertake old caring responsibilities.
“As a nurse, I have seen many old age people who need individual support and personal care that needs to be taken and seeing this made me wonder if there should be a home care in the country that will have special care for the old age,” she said.
The mother of four said she is now equipped with the right knowledge and skills to take-up individual support, caring responsibilities in her new role in Australia.
She said as a nurse she appreciated the knowledge gained and now knows the special care that old age people will need in the hospitals and communities.
Monica said that in some other countries, there are home cares for old age. She wishes that the country should have one to provide this special care for our old age in our country.
“In our country, taking care of our old age people is the responsibility of relatives to be looked after. There are also many old age who have not been married and do not have someone to take good care of them. This is how I see the importance of aging care should be taken place in our country by having home care for our old age people,” she said.
The Australian High Commissioner, Dr. Lachlan Strahan, recently congratulated the four local females that graduated with a Certificate III in Individual Support Aging, Home and Community, which includes Monica that will undertake age care roles in Australia this year.
Dr. Strahan told the women: “This is a historic moment – you will be the first-ever Solomon Islanders to work in aged care roles through PLS.
“Increasing Solomon Islands participation in Australia’s Labor Mobility programs is a shared priority. I am pleased that the Solomon Islands’ labor mobility has expanded into aged care, which is a priority sector for the Solomon Islands Government.”
“This is a big opportunity – you will have a chance to earn money and bring new skills back to your country. It is also a chance to make new friends in Australia,” he added.