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Applications for aged care nursing scholarships closing soon!

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Media Release

The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

6 August 2004 JB150/04

Applications for aged care nursing scholarships closing soon!

Aged care nurses working in country Australia are being encouraged to apply now for an Australian Government scholarship.

Federal Minister for Ageing Julie Bishop said applications for the Australian Government’s Aged Care Nursing Continuing Professional Development Scholarships closed on Friday, 27 August 2004.

“The scholarships are part of the Australian Government's $150 million investment in education and training opportunities for the aged care workforce,” Ms Bishop said.

“Through these scholarships aged care nurses in country areas can gain access to clinical or management education and training programs to help them continue to deliver high quality care to older Australians.”

Each Continuing Professional Development scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

“Since their introduction in 2003, the Australian Government’s Continuing Professional Development scholarships have helped more than 250 aged care nurses from rural and regional areas to access professional education and training programs.

“Overall, the Australian Government has offered 900 scholarships for people to start or further their education in aged care nursing, and we are offering another 400 scholarships for the 2005 academic year.

“Up to 100 of these will be for continuing professional development or postgraduate studies and 300 will be for undergraduate studies.”

As part of its $2.2 billion record funding package, Investing in Australia’s Care: More Places, Better Care, the Australian Government is also funding 1,700 extra undergraduate nursing places at universities and providing funding for up to 5,250 Enrolled Nurses to undertake medication management training to enable more Enrolled Nurses to assist in the safe administration of medication in aged care.

“High quality care for older Australians depends on having highly skilled and motivated aged care staff,” Ms Bishop said.

“By delivering more scholarships for new and existing aged care staff, as well as increasing funding for aged care homes to pay competitive wages, the Australian Government is delivering on our vision for a world class system of aged care that provides high quality, affordable and accessible services to meet the individual needs of older Australians.”

Further information about the Australian Government’s Aged Care Nursing Scholarships is available from the Royal College of Nursing Australia, on 1800 11 66 96 or by visiting its website:

Media contact: Rachael Thompson 02 6277 7280 or 0417 265 289