Immigration Rule Changes to Foster Innovation in Australia

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By Mark Webster, Wednesday, 09 December 2015

As part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda announced this week by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, changes will be made to immigration settings to encourage innovation.

Two main initiatives have been announced:

  • Pathways to Permanent Residence for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Students; and
  • The introduction of a new Entrepreneur Visa

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An Aged Care work placement review

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Many of our students have completed work placement with aged care facilities during their time with Astute Training Pty Ltd and have told us of their experiences.

In the past weeks Kamille Pineda provided us with an account of her experiences and we thought we should share it with others:

“They say that the best things in life are free. My experience was indeed one of the best things that happened to my life. Meeting the old people or there residents there was truly touching and inspirational. I didn’t feel that I was having my work placement but instead it felt like an encounter or quality time with my grandmother.

I remembered my grandmother because of them. For five days, it was a great opportunity to feel my grandmother’s presence through them and I am so happy. At first, I became emotional but time passed by and I realised that what’s important was but to build happy memories with them regardless if they recognised me or not.

I thought that I would be the one who’ll help them but the truth is they were the ones who helped me. I’ve learned a lot from them. There was this one resident who talked about life lessons. It was an interesting conversation. She made me be more positive in life and live my life to the fullest. She showed me the real meaning of life. Even at an old age and with her conditions, she still manages or chooses to live each day with positivity.

Another resident that I was assigned to taught me what happiness really is. That little things can make someone’s day bright. She showed me appreciation for what I did for her and reminded me to always do a great job. It was a moment when I felt fulfilled and motivated.

The staff were very welcoming and nice. They don’t pressure students and they take good care of the residents. They make the environment more peaceful and warm because of their attitude towards each other, towards the students and most especially towards the residents.

It is a place that someone will leave but won’t forget. It is a place where someone can feel at home. It is a place where someone will be inspired and fulfilled at the same time. It is a nursing home where a nurse like me will really love to work, to spend the day and to share memories with old people.”

Thank you Kamille for this most beautiful review of your experience.

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Disabilities Work Placement

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Recently some of our students who are studying Disabilities went on work placement at various facilities and had this to say about the experience:

“…It was a great pleasure to experience various activities in the centre with the clients, maximising their skills and potential in their daily living…” – Rochelle

“…As a student volunteer I was happy and grateful at the same time that I could have fun moments with the clients and I could also share and contribute to caring for them…” – Christian

“…I assisted the clients in bowling and they were laughing when they hit the tenpin. After that, we went back to the centre and everyone did dancing. I was teary-eyed that time, because they were dancing happily despite their conditions…” – Harriet

“…I didn’t think I just need to finish work placement as a requirement of my disability course, rather I treasure having this chance and kind of opportunity to touch and be a part of their lives…” Francis

“…It has been a great pleasure having this experience. It made me open my mind and heart to different angles of life. It was heart-warming when clients smiled at me and I’ll never forget each one of them…” – Soraya

“…When the manager introduced me to my facilitator, he told me that when caring for clients I was to focus on abilities, not disabilities. That enlightened my mind…” – Elaine

“…I see myself working in disability centres and with my knowledge and experience, bringing an impact to the world of people where love is scarce…” – Chris

“…It’s tiring but along the way you will have so much fun…” – Karlson

“…Disabled clients don’t need sympathy, they need empathy from their carers…” – Tricia

“…When I first walked in to the facility I just found myself stunned and speechless, standing in a room full of innocent looking kids doing things that seem to be normally done. One 8 year old looking little girl stared at me straight in the eye with a glimpse of gladness and waved at me. She snapped me with a smile. That simple warm welcome just captivated my heart and from that moment on I knew that I was in the right place…” – Mary

“…their capabilities are limited but they are not. They are useful and productive in society. I am still looking forward to doing another work placement with the nicest people on earth; innocent and true…” – Lilet

“…Working with the staff and children makes me feel good…Building rapport with them is not difficult because you feel and understand where they’re coming from…” – Rhodora

“…Fun and interesting!…” – Randy

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