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Specialist training centre for Canberra's aged care workers.

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Media Release

Bronwyn Bishop

Minister for Aged Care



19 February 1999


Specialist training centre for Canberra's aged care workers

Older Canberrans and people needing home care services in the ACT will benefit from the opening of a new health training centre.

Federal Aged Care Minister Bronwyn Bishop and Chief Minister Kate Carnell opened the Capital Health Call Training Centre in Hawker today.

The new centre will provide training for workers in aged care and general community services with 55 of the 230 nursing staff on the centre's register already studying for a Certificate in Residential and Aged Care.

"The Federal Government has a range of programs to support older Australians who live independently. This new training centre complements those programs by providing skilled staff for quality care in the home.

"Australia has an aged care system which gives older people a wide choice of services, catering for all levels of care. Training centres such as this, combined with Federal Government initiatives like the Staying at Home program, will help frail, older Australians remain in the familiar surroundings of their own homes," Mrs Bishop said.

The concept of the Capital Health Call Training Centre developed from a nursing employment agency which was established in 1994. The agency started on a small scale with one desk and one telephone, however the demand for quality aged and community care nursing services led to expansion and the introduction of a training program for the nursing staff on its register.

Under the Government's new apprenticeship scheme, the Capital Health Call Training Centre will receive an incentive payment of $1250 for each trainee.

"Capital Health Call is an example of small business and Government working together to meet the needs of the general community, and in particular the care needs of older Australians," Mrs Bishop said.

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