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New training body for industry

The organisation charged with identifying the training needs of Australia's community services and health industry has been given a facelift.

The Community Services and Health Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB) is among the first of 40 ITABs throughout Australia to redefine its responsibilities and its area of coverage.

The Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training, Ross Free, said the revamped Community Services and Health ITAB is now in a better position to provide comprehensive advice to the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) on the training needs of employees throughout its industry.

"Workers within all sectors of Australia's community services and health industry need access to continuous learning which will enable them to develop and upgrade their skills," he said.

"The aim of the Community Services and Health ITAB is to ensure that the training available to the industry is of the highest quality and contributes to the efficiency and productivity of the services provided by organisations within the industry.

"It will also ensure employees have access to training programs which provide a foundation for career development and help every individual to respond effectively to changing workplace and technological demands."

Members of the new ITAB are: Robert Birkill (Chief Executive Officer, Masonic Homes), John Blackurn (Manager, Health and Community Services, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA), Elizabeth Boagey (Executive Director, St Helen's Private Hospital), Chris Christoduoulou (Federal Research Officer, Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union), Eliza Dent (Industrial Officer, Australian Services Union), David Ettershank (Industrial Officer, Health Services Union of Australia), David Exton (Manager, Corporate Development, Queensland Health), Rodney Felmingham (Industrial Officer, Community and Public Sector Union), Toni Keay (Director, Victoria Park Child Care Centre), John Kirwan (Director, Health Workforce, WA Government Health Bureau), Anne-Marie Scully (Adviser, Australian Nursing Federation), Helga Svendsen (Training Liaison Officer, Health Services Union of Australia), Gary Tongs (Senior Adviser, Department of Employment, Education and Training), Julie Weste (Assistant Manager, Education Liaison, Health and Community Services, Victoria) and a representative of the ACTU.

The Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) is the national body responsible for determining policy and funding vocational education and training in Australia.

For further information contact:

John Miner, Minister's Office, 06 277 7540

Bonita Matijevic, ANTA, 07 3246 2400