It's a 2018 wrap - from the trainers

17 Dec 2018 2:45 PMJen Fitzgerald
It's a 2018 wrap - from the trainers

DPT trainers Michelle and Shirley share their 2018 highlights as the year winds down.

Michelle’s wrap up for 2018

Michelle Okonkwo is the Brisbane based RPL support for DP Training. RPL stands for Recognised Prior Learning which is process some students go through to gain credit for course units based on their prior work experience. RPL is a very involved procedure so Michelle’s support is invaluable to applicants who are in the workforce already.


I joined the DP Training Team this year and commenced supporting RPL applicants from various aged care facilities through on-site visits. I would like to mention how impressed I have been with the passion and dedication that I have encountered in these personal care workers. I was very happy to support them to receive recognition for the skills and knowledge that they had gained in many of years’ employment. Some of these students had worked in the industry for over 20 years without a formal qualification and it was my honour to support these people towards a Cert IV in Ageing Support.


Shirley’s wrap for 2018

Shirley Whatson is the face to face trainer based in Burleigh Waters on the Gold Coast. She has 24 years’ experience in aged care and has been with DPT for over a year.


I have had many highlights being a trainer for DPT as it is just as rewarding as taking care of the elderly.

Some examples are:

Having your students come to you in placement stating “OMG everything you talked about in class happened and I was confident with every situation”.

Having my students ring up to tell me “I have got the job. Thank you for all your knowledge and support”.

Seeing your students evolve into caring compassionate respectful care workers, who stand up for best practice when caring for our most vulnerable citizens,


Thank you to all the hard working DPT trainers

Merry Xmas to you from the DPT team