Commonly asked questions about Opal HealthCare

  • There are many clinical roles that require qualifications in aged care but if you have a passion to work in this industry we can support you on a career pathway from no qualifications to fully qualified nurses, managers and administration support.  Check our the Opal HealthCare Academy for more information on career pathways.

    Registered Nurses are required to have a Bachelor of Nursing degree and a current AHPRA registration.

    General Service Officers do not require any qualifications but experience working in a service industry is beneficial.

    Hospitality Attendants are required to have a Certificate Four in Commercial Cookery, Diploma in Hospitality Management and/or Post Graduate qualifications that are industry relevant. 

    Lifestyle Officers are required to have a Certificate Four/Diploma of Individual Support, Ageing or Leisure and Health Well-Being or Therapeutic Recreation or Occupational Therapy or Diversional Therapy. 

  • Rutherford Park Care Community is located in the beautiful Hunter region in a quiet residential area, with all the amenities of the regional town centre of Maitland just 10 minutes’ drive away. You can find us at 4 Dietrich Close, Rutherford NSW 2320.

  • Yes, you are required to have a current police check to work in aged care. If you do not hold a valid check Opal can organise this for you as part of the recruitment process.

    We also conduct two (2) reference checks and a medical check which may include pre-employment drug testing.

  • We offer structured career pathways across all areas of carehospitality and lifestyle. You can progress your aged care career through a number of pathways supported by our professional development and training programs.

  • Yes, we have a number of training programs in place to support your career pathway, including:

    • Induction and on the job training
    • Online learning
    • Opal HealthCare Scholarships Program - where we support team members financially towards further studies
    • Traineeships
    • Graduate Registered Nurse Program 
    • Internal leadership Programs for new, emerging and existing leaders
    • Australian College of Nursing membership discount  
Maitland Grange

Maitland Grange

Maitland Grange Care Community is centrally located near Rutherford Marketplace and just minutes from the Maitland town centre

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Cameron Park

Cameron Park

Cameron Park Care Community enjoys the best of both worlds, being located in a quiet residential setting with the amenities of the Newcastle CBD within 30 minutes drive.

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 Tingira Hills

Tingira Hills

Tingira Hills Care Community is set in the Lake Macquarie region and is a modern and well-appointed home offers a variety of living spaces to spend time with family and friends.

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