PH-Australia bridging program for Pinoy nurses begins

A total of 100 registered nurses and 30 nurse educators will participate in the bridging program between the Philippines and Australia which will raise the efficiency and competitiveness of Filipino nurses.

“I am pleased to announce that the bridging program that will enable Filipino registered or licensed nurses to practice and register in Australia has started,” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said.

The Bridging Program is a partnership between Monash University and the DOLE’s Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education and selected Philippine universities belonging to the top 20 higher education institutions (HEIs) based on their performance in the Philippine nursing licensure examination.

“This is a valuable opportunity which will not only benefit the nurses themselves but more importantly, the health care system of the Philippines, as well,” Baldoz said.

A bridging program curriculum has been designed to run for 12 weeks—five weeks for on-line learning in the Philippines; one week for face-to-face intensive program, including lectures, tutorials, and simulations in Melbourne; and six weeks for clinical placement, also in Melbourne.

The bridging program has five modules.

1. The context of health care in Australia;
2. The Australian health care system;
3. The Australian legal system;
4. Regulation of nursing in Australia;
5. Safety in health care in Australia.

Participants’ learning progress during the program will be assessed through on-line quizzes, essays, and written examinations. They will be acquainted with a variety of online materials, including articles, textbook extracts, podcasts, and videos relating to Australia’s health care culture.

The Aus-Aid is funding the bridging program, but participants will bear the cost of airfare and accommodation.

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