Meet the trainer - Shirley Whatson

22 Jan 2018 5:39 PMJen Fitzgerald
Meet the trainer - Shirley Whatson

Shirley is the DPT trainer at Burleigh Waters and has over 24 years experience in the aged care industry to draw on for her students.

How long have you been a trainer?

Since September 2015 and for DPT at Burleigh Waters since September 2017.

Your aged care/disability work background

I have been in the aged care sector since 1994 and found it the most rewarding “job” I have ever had. I am very passionate about the quality of care our most vulnerable citizens (the elderly) receive, and, being a mentor for new staff and students doing placement inspired me to become a trainer/assessor.

What three things do you enjoy about being a trainer?

  • Being able to pass on my knowledge and experience for students to understand how taking care of the elderly is. “Everything you talked about in class has happened and I knew how to handle it.”
  • Having my students contacting me saying they have got the job.
  • Seeing the attitudes towards the elderly change, being more aware of the elderly in society

What are some challenges of being a trainer?

Being aware of the different learning skills of students and to adapt the class accordingly.

What are three tips for students to get through their chosen course?

  • Don’t stress – its adult education
  • Stay focused to achieve your goal of being a wonderful caring care worker
  • Believe in yourself and get involved – ask questions

What do you enjoy doing outside work?

Family and friends – walking – watching movies


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