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March 2021

Aged care training boost to strengthen skills

The State Government is boosting training for aged care workers with a major investment that will improve care for residents across Victoria.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan has announced $1 million to strengthen aged care workforce skills across the entire sector.

The Government is funding La Trobe University’s Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care to develop training to build the capability of staff working across all of Victoria’s 780 aged care services.

The online training will focus on improving dementia care, oral hygiene and palliative care, areas identified in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Interim Report.

The training is targeted at personal care attendants, allied health staff and nurses in both public and non-government services.

It builds on the Government’s investment in training to enhance the skills of nurses caring for older people.

To date, more than 2,600 nurses working in public residential aged care have benefitted from this training.

The Aged Care Royal Commission’s Research Report on Residential Care Quality Indicators showed that government-run facilities returned the best results on indicators of quality in aged care.

Victoria became the first state with nurse-to-resident ratios in public residential aged care facilities and has advocated to see legislated minimum staffing requirements extended across the entire sector.

Victoria has the largest public residential aged care sector in Australia.

‘This investment will provide training to help our hardworking aged care staff provide better support to residents, especially people with dementia and those needing palliative care,’ Mr Donnellan said.