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$30m training for remote aged-care staff.

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Senator the Hon Santo Santoro Minister for Ageing


20 April 2006 SS36/06

$30m training for remote aged-care staff

Personal care staff in small aged-care facilities in rural and isolated locations will receive continued support to improve their skills, with funding of $30 million over four years, the Minister for Ageing, Senator Santo Santoro, announced today.

“Another four years of the Support for Aged Care Training (SACT) program will provide personal care staff with relevant vocational education and training to assist them to upgrade their skills,” Senator Santoro said.

The funding will cover course fees and expenditure such as travel and accommodation and the costs of backfilling while staff members are away attending training programs.

“This training is extremely valuable as it ensures that staff members are better able to provide high quality care for residents in rural and remote locations,” Senator Santoro said.

“Last financial year 1,216 staff participated in 33 training programs in 73 aged care homes, run through the program.

“Since SACT was established three years ago, it has helped more than 5,700 people through 70 training programs in over 470 aged care homes throughout Australia.”

The program is complementary to other programs administered by the Department of Health and Ageing that help tackle shortages in the rural and remote health workforce.

More information about the Support for Aged Care Training program is available from the Residential Aged Care Workforce Section, Department of Health and Ageing, telephone (02) 6289 1547.

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