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Media Release

The Hon Kevin Andrews MP Minister for Ageing

KA198/2003 Monday August 4, 2003

NEW PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR AGED CARE TRAINING PROGRAM

THE "Support for Aged Care Workers" program is seeking new proposals for innovative training of personal care assistants for the 2003/04 financial year, Federal Minister for Ageing, Kevin Andrews announced today.

The Australian Government committed more than $2.3 million last financial year to provide training to personal care assistants in more than 220 smaller, less viable aged care homes.

Personal care workers in these homes will now have greater access to appropriate training opportunities, Mr Andrews said.

"These training projects will help those aged care homes that by reason of their size or location are not always able to provide adequate training for their staff," he said.

"Personal care staff will be provided with relevant and diverse additional training to help them upgrade their skills.

"By providing this training we hope to increase the flow of skilled staff to these aged care homes."

Funding for the pilot projects comes from $21.2 million provided over four years in the 2002-2003 Federal Budget to help train staff in smaller, less viable aged care homes.

Further information about the Support for Aged Care Workers Program is available from the Department of Health and Ageing website at http://www.health.gov.au/ageing.htm or by contacting the Department of Health and Ageing on 02 6213 4254.

MEDIA inquiries: Felicity Dargan (Press Secretary) 0409 550 446