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New Commonwealth funding for Tasmanian aged care nursing students.



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Media Release

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP Minister for Ageing

KA175/2003 13 June 2003

NEW COMMONWEALTH FUNDING FOR TASMANIAN AGED CARE NURSING STUDENTS

Federal Minister for Ageing Kevin Andrews today announced a new project to help Commonwealth Aged Care Nursing Scholarships holders in Tasmania gain practical experience in the aged care industry.

The Commonwealth Government has provided $79,846 to the University of Tasmania to manage this important project.

"The project will assist current scholarship recipients in Tasmania undertake quality clinical placements in the aged care sector during their education and training to become an aged care nurse," Kevin Andrews said.

This project is part of an overall $47.5 million commitment from the Commonwealth Government to address workforce issues in the aged care sector, including the funding of up to 1,000 aged care nursing scholarships and education and training for existing staff.

Five aged care facilities in rural and regional Tasmania have indicated they will take part in the project. They are Presbyterian Homes for the Aged, The Manor Nursing Home, Eastside Care, Mt St Vincent's Nursing Home and Eliza Purton Home.

Nursing students not receiving a Commonwealth Aged Care Nursing Scholarship will also be able to gain access to the opportunities provided by the project.

"The aged care industry also has a part to play and I welcome the contribution of the homes that have agreed to take part in this project," Kevin Andrews said.

The Commonwealth Government is offering a further 200 undergraduate aged care nursing scholarships for the 2004 academic year, worth up to $10,000 per annum each.

Anyone interested in applying for the undergraduate or continuing professional scholarships in aged care nursing should contact the Royal College of Nursing Australia on (freecall) 1800 11 66 96 or visit

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