• Students

    Work experience opportunities for students

    Resthaven provides practical and meaningful work experience opportunities to students wishing to gain exposure to careers in the aged care sector.

    We aim to offer suitable and positive opportunities for students within a supportive environment.

    Student or work experience placements are arranged as part of a recognised program or course of study and may include:

    • Secondary school work experience programs, including community service programs (e.g. High School students over the age of 16).
    • Tertiary institutions work experience programs or compulsory work placement (e.g. University)
    • Registered Training Organisation work experience programs or compulsory work placement (e.g. TAFE)

    The period of engagement varies based on requirements and could include vocational placements, work experience or familiarisation to aged care services.

    Placement Organisations: Enquire here about a placement or work experience

    I have completed my last placement (8 weeks) at Resthaven Port Elliot, and I am so grateful to have worked with wonderful staff in a supportive environment. It was one of the best placements I ever had. I will consider working for Resthaven one day. Thank you so much for having me. 

    — Nursing student, Resthaven Port Elliot



    Thank you so much for the hard work and time you put into organising the learning sessions and discussion for us during our placement. I personally really benefited from this — I just received my written assignment, and am happy I scored a high distinction!

    I owe this to the encouragement, teaching, and abundant opportunities you, and all the encouraging staff, gave me while at Resthaven. I really appreciate it, and God bless you.

    — Student


    Resthaven uses traineeships to help those with a passion for aged care and transferable skills enter the workforce. Focusing on right ‘fit’, we gradually build skills and experience to align with accredited training courses through a tailored on-boarding program and on-the-job learning.

    Build confidence in providing care and services to older people whilst being introduced to work requirements through a gradual, supported process.

    Positions supported are personal care assistant, and housekeeping services assistant in residential aged care homes, and home support worker roles in community services.

    To be considered for a traineeship, simply apply for any of the above-listed positions, expressing your transferable skills relevant to the specific role.

    To enquire, email training@resthaven.asn.au

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    We sponsor a number of grants and scholarships. Please contact each university for specific information and for application details.

    Flinders University

    Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships are available

    Phone (08) 8201 3115 or email: scholarships@flinders.edu.au

    My biggest challenge while studying is making ends meet financially. The scholarship covered my transport to go to school, paid my bills while undergoing placement, and paid for needed schoolbooks which I could not afford. I would like to express my warmest thank you to the donors who help fund my scholarship. I hope that in the near future, I can make a positive difference in the lives of our elderly.

    — Flinders University Nursing Scholarship recipient


    Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Scholarship are available

    For information about Nursing scholarships phone: (08) 8302 1732 or (08) 8302 1762 or email: NursingScholarships.enquiries@unisa.edu.au

    For information about Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy Scholarships, phone: (08) 8302 2402 or email: Jeanette.Cordwell@unisa.edu.au

    University of Adelaide

    Nursing and Oral Health Scholarships are available

    Phone: (08) 8303 3341/4224 or email: undergraduatescholarships@adelaide.edu.au

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    Resthaven congratulates Arun Thomas – 2019 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year!

    Arun Thomas was a recipient of the inaugural Resthaven 75th Anniversary Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships at the University of South Australia in 2010. Resthaven is proud of Arun’s ongoing successful aged care career. Read Arun’s story here.

    This scholarship has given me the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy placements both locally and away, without having to stress about funding accommodation and food, as well as other necessities required for my future career and study. I will be forever thankful for your generosity.

    — Emma Shepherd, recipient of Resthaven’s Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship