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Scholarships for next generation of aged care nurses



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

Minister for Social Inclusion

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform

MEDIA RELEASE

19 July 2012

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NEXT GENERATION OF AGED CARE NURSES

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler called on budding nurses to apply for one of 715 aged care nursing scholarships worth up to $30,000.

Mr Butler said the scholarships were part of the Australian Government’s commitment to boost training for aged care workers.

“The scholarships are provided through the Aged Care Nursing Scholarships program with funding from the Aged Care Workforce Fund,” he said.

“The Gillard Government is committed to building capacity in the aged care workforce through measures such as these scholarships and also through the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package which includes a $1.2 billion investment in better wages and conditions.

“The scholarships are for postgraduate, undergraduate and nurse practitioner studies, including continuing professional development, and for nurse re-entry courses.”

Aged care nursing scholarships provide valuable assistance to people considering careers in aged care and are a critical component of our effort to boost the aged care workforce.

“Aged care is a very rewarding part of the health system to work in - scholarships like these provide real and practical support while extending skills, improving clinical care and furthering careers in aged care,” Mr Butler said.

Applications for the scholarships close on 31 August 2012.

More information can be obtained from the Royal College of Nursing Australia on 1800 116 696 or at www.rcna.org.au.

Media contact: Tim O’Halloran - 0409 059 617