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Toronto’s Neave O’Reilly wins gold in Hunter WorldSkills competition

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Toronto’s Neave O’Reilly has won gold in the Hunter Region WorldSkills 2002 Competition for Health Care.

The 18-year-old is studying a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE NSW Newcastle and took out the regional contest by performing critical health care skills in a simulated environment, including hospital, home and aged care, and care planning.

Neave O’Reilly

TAFE NSW head teacher allied health and nursing Lynelle Jenkinson said the competition was intensive, with the seven locals testing their talents under assessment conditions in the Simulation Clinical Labs.

“Our competitors were evaluated on their self-management, communication, interpersonal, problem solving, innovation, and creativity and empathy skills,” she explained.

“It was wonderful to see Neave and the others demonstrate many of the practical things they’ve been learning during their TAFE NSW studies.

“The competition was of an extremely high standard and she is a deserving winner.”

Neave completed the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance with TAFE NSW while at school and is continuing her career path with the Diploma of Nursing.

She’s learning skills like caring for people with complex needs, understanding anatomy and physiology, administering medication, and implementing nursing care plans.

Neave chose to participate in WorldSkills to practice her skills and apply them to real-life scenarios on her journey to become an Enrolled Nurse.

“I really enjoyed the experience,” she said.

“I not only learnt new skills but how to interpret the results, which made me more confident in the skills assessments I had to undertake as part of the Diploma.

“I am extremely grateful for the support of the TAFE NSW teachers and staff during this process, and how willing they were to take the time to help me in preparing for WorldSkills, as well as their encouragement during the assessment that helped ease my nerves.”

After dominating the Hunter Region, Neave will have the chance to compete in the National WorldSkills Competition next year in Melbourne.

For now, her TAFE NSW studies are keeping the winner busy.

“I’m completing the complex aspects of the Diploma,” she said.

“And, so far, I’ve really enjoyed learning those skills and the more in-depth theory.”

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