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Not Your Average Aged Care Job: The Fun of Rural and Remote
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Not Your Average Aged Care Job: The Fun of Rural and Remote

When did you join Healthcare Australia?

Hi I’m James, I’ve been working in the health care industry a little over five years now and loving it. I joined HCA in March 2022 when I decided I wanted to travel around Australia on a working holiday, to see what our beautiful country has to offer. I started my first Rural and Remote placement soon after. My first placement started in Trebonne, just out of Ingham, QLD.

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Ever since that first placement I haven’t stopped booking more, as soon as one finishes I’m already heading off for the next contract. Lately, I’ve been dotting my way around the country side and have now reached Cleve in South Australian. I’m currently on a 2 month contract in Cleve and am already loving it here.

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A bit about Trebonne and Cleve

Trebonne, as stated, is only 10km out on Ingham which itself is known for its sugar cane industry. Trebonne is known locally as being the gateway to the region’s wilderness experiences, including Wallaman Falls and the Broadwater State Forest.

Cleve is a small town located in the Eyre Peninsula region of South Australia. It is known for its agriculture and farming, particularly in the production of wheat and barley. Cleve also has a strong history in the mining industry, with copper mining being a major source of income in the past. Cleve is close to the coast and the nearby towns of Streaky Bay and Arno Bay, which offer opportunities for fishing, boating and other water activities.

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A glimmer of the iconic coastal scenery in SA

A real highlight of working A Rural and Remote aged care job is how you spend your time off. What do you get up to in your spare time?

When I’m not working, I’ve spent my days adventuring doing the local bush walks through the National parks, fishing, camping and fossicking.

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Tell us about working with your HCA Rural and Remote consultant?

Having Steph as my consultant has made my traveling and working experience extremely easy. She has coordinated my back to back contracts, has been easy to talk to about any issues I might have in my travels, and goes above and beyond to make sure I have all the information needed to go to each contract. This has made me feel confident and safe in my job and the placement I’m going to.

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Driving’s one of many options you can take when heading to placement. Driving offers freedom to do what you want, when you want outside of work hours.

Any closing thoughts you’d like to share with anyone reading?

To sum it up, with every contract I’ve worked to date all the staff have been welcoming. This includes the management at each facility, or hospital, who have been more than accommodating when it comes to rostered shifts and accommodation. Working for HCA rural and remote has given me opportunity’s to travel to amazing places, and meet great people while working in an industry that I am extremely passionate about.

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A kind message from the staff and residents from one of James’ recent placements.

– James P.



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