TAFE SA student Becara Hands was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, at the recent South Australian Training Awards gala dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Becara has completed a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE SA and is employed by Port Pirie Regional Health Service. Juggling family, a career and study, Becara is a true inspiration to all that meet her.
“We’re thrilled by Becara’s achievement in winning the state award, especially given her recent NAIDOC Award as Aboriginal Cadet of the Year. It’s a wonderful testament to her determination to succeed”, said TAFE SA Managing Director Denise Janek.
Becara says that she started her training journey by enrolling in an online Certificate II in Business and then successfully applied for a traineeship. “I realised that working and study would help me to maintain balance in my life.”
“I have gained a Certificate III in Business Administration, a Certificate III in Aged Care and a Certificate III in Home and Community Care along the way”, Becara said.
Working in the health sector requires Becara to keep abreast of new developments and trends in nursing care. She is at the coal face of health care delivery and takes every opportunity within her scope of practice to learn and develop new skills. Eventually, Becara aims to become a Registered Nurse.
“Aboriginal people by nature are not comfortable with going to doctors and certainly aren’t comfortable with going to hospitals. My desire is to bring health care education to the community; this is what pushes me to achieve my goals.”
Becara will represent South Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Melbourne in mid-November.