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New Commonwealth funding for extra aged care nurses in Victoria.



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JOHN FORREST MP Federal Member for Mallee

Tuesday, 24 June 2003

NEW COMMONWEALTH FUNDING FOR EXTRA AGED CARE NURSES IN VICTORIA

John Forrest Federal Member for Mallee today welcomed Minister for Ageing Kevin Andrews' announcement of a new Commonwealth funded program aimed at increasing the number of nurses in the aged care sector in Victoria.

Up to $387,000 in new Commonwealth funding for an aged care nurse re entry program will help nurses in rural and regional Victoria who have been out of the workforce to return to the aged care nursing profession.

The program announced today will provide the aged care sector in rural and regional Victoria with up to 120 extra aged care nurses.

Mr Forrest said, "I urge those who have moved on from nursing and are thinking about coming back, to consider this program".

The Federal Government will fund La Trobe University to run the aged care nursing re-entry program in rural and regional Victoria until June 2004.

The nurse re-entry project is part of a $26.3 million Federal Budget initiative which is also funding up to 1000 aged care nursing scholarships each worth up to $10,000 a year.

An extra 7 honours scholarships will be offered for the 2004 academic year in addition to the 200 Undergraduate and 110 Continuing Professional Development aged care nursing scholarships already on offer.

Further information about the aged care nurse re-entry pilots is available from La Trobe University on (03) 9495 3141.

Anyone interested in applying for a Commonwealth Aged Care Nursing Scholarship should contact the Royal College of Nursing Australia on 1800 11 66 96 or visit their website: www.rcna.org.au