Staff Development Unit/Education


Portland District Health Learning Centre

“I Take Knowledge Here”

Supporting Organisational Learning

Our Strategy, Our Commitment, We Learn

Our skilled team are the heart of our organisation; they are dedicated to lifelong learning allowing us to deliver exceptional healthcare
Our Team
– Education Manager
– Blood Transfusion Nurse
– Learning & Resource Facilitator
– Clinical Support Nurse
– Graduate and Student Coordinator
– Education & Workforce Development Manager
– Administration and Learning Management Assistant
– OHS Fire Safety
– Infection Control Nurse

Our Facilities
Our new Learning Centre opened September 2016
– Dedicated Learning facilities’ including
– Skill Lab, equipped with simulation equipment
– AV tutorial room; Webinars, Teleconferencing facilities
– Learning management system, Totara Based, Regional online system
– Study Rooms, computers and “Up to Date” virtual library.

Portland District Health is highly committed to supporting and developing the workforce.

Learning opportunities include traineeships, post graduate training, leadership development, supporting local schools to experience potential careers in Health Care Organisations.  We celebrate learning and reward initiative by offering in house yearly scholarship opportunities and celebrate learning achievements at an annual staff awards night.

Mandatory and recommended learning packages are housed on a new ‘Regional Learning Management System – GROW. With state of the art functionality the GROW system offers a wide range of learning opportunities for all staff and students. In addition to the online system, staff undertake’ clinical assessments to consolidate knowledge, for example manual handling and infection control.

Portland District Health work collaboratively with local and State wide Education providers to ensure the best possible student experience. PDH have established partnerships with Universities, TAFE’S and local RTO’s.   Underpinned by Department of Health & Human Services Initiatives, PDH offers student placements using “PlaceRight” on line portal, and incorporates the Best Practice Clinical Learning Environment Framework (BPCLE) to ensure a great experience for students of all disciplines attending placement at PDH.

A monthly education calendar is distributed organisation wide, and includes various topics facilitated by internal and invited guests.
Portland District Health provides formal and informal learning and education on a daily basis. Expert presenters facilitate training across all disciplines including Clinical and Non clinical areas.

We use innovate models of flexible learning, or education and learning support team are available 5 days a week to support our staff.
We welcome graduate practitioners across all disciplines of Nursing. Medicine and Allied Health. Graduate nurses are recruited via PMCV computer match during August and September; our graduate intake is 6 nurses per year. PDH work collaboratively with Hamilton and Port Fairy health services offering a Collaborative Graduate Nurse position, a unique experience rotating across all 3 health services.

Our staff are committed to providing high quality and safe care, aligned to best practice and currency of knowledge. PDH is committed to learning through education to ensure excellence in care, by providing resources and continuous practice development opportunities to the workforce.