STIKes Binawan sends 202 healthcare professionals to Australia



Friday, February 4, 2005

STIKes Binawan sends 202 healthcare professionals to Australia

Binawan Institute of Health Sciences (Stikes Binawan) supplied 202 healthcare professionals to Australia to complete their remaining six-month study and to work in Australian hospitals under the international standard remuneration system.

The fresh Stikes Binawan graduates will take further courses to obtain the status of registered nurses (RN) and to get bachelor of nursing (BN) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

After completing their study, the healthcare professionals who are graduates of the institute's four-year Program A will be employed for two years in Asutralian hospitals with the monthly minimum salary of A$2,700. They will be allowed to extend their labor contract for another two years and move to other hospitals in United States or European countries after it expires.

Institute rector Prof. Azrul Azwar appreciated the institute's international curriculum which has been carried out in cooperation with the Australian university; saying that it was a rare opportunity that has been taken and maintained to help improve the quality of nursing institutes in Indonesia and that of Indonesian workers.

He cited that Indonesian has around 60 nursing institutes, including the ones run by state-owned hospitals across the country, but many graduates are still unemployed because their quality did not meet national and international standards.

“Stikes Binawan will continue to rigidly stick to the international curriculum to meet the American and British standards so that its graduates could meet the international standards and could work in hospitals in any countries they want to,” he said.

Agus Sutarna, dean of the institute's PSIK, said the institute has fully implemented the international curriculum since the 2004 academic year and under this curriculum, more than 300 more nurses will be supplied to Australia .

“With the Program B whose participants were Diploma holders, the institute has produced 48 graduates, mostly sent to Autralia,” he said.

The graduates expressed their proud of the institute that has educated them to be healthcare professionals, saying it was their responsibility to play role as “Indonesian ambassadors” in Australia with main task of enhancing the relationships between the two countries' peoples.

Binawan Foundation Chairman Saleh Alawaini expressed his happiness with the students and their good skills they would use to seek job overseas, saying the students would play their role as new ambassadors to the kangaroo country.

He said he was also optimistic that the institute would be able to supply around 2000 healthcare professionals annually in a few years to come.

Ninuk Harjanti who represented the students who departed to Sydney , said in a farewell party at the institute campus last Friday that they would study harder to complete their study at UTS and would bring Indonesian people's hospitality to Australian people, especially those undergoing medical treatment at hospitals.

From left to right: Indonesian Minister of Manpower Mr. Fahmi Idris, BIHS Rector Prof. Azrul Azwar, Head of Binawan Foundation Mr. Saleh Alwaini and UTS representative Cheryl Waters.


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