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Local aged care staff included in new training package.

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F e d e r a l M e m b e r f o r W a n n o n

3 July 2003


Aged care workers from two south west facilities will get expert training thanks to an $890,000 Commonwealth funding boost.

Member for Wannon - David Hawker - said today staff from the May Noonan Hostel in Terang and Sunnyside House in Camperdown would be included in the programme.

He said the Support for Aged Care Workers Training projects would help those aged care homes that because of their size or location were not always able to provide up to date training for their staff.

“The Victorian Association of Health and Extended Care has been given Commonwealth funding to carry out the education and training projects,” Mr. Hawker said.

“Personal care staff in these homes will be provided with both relevant and diverse additional training to help them upgrade their skills.

“It is also important for aged care workers to have access to education and training that allows them to follow a career path in the aged care sector, building on those skills that they already possess.”

Mr. Hawker said residents in aged care homes like May Noon and Sunnyside would also benefit from having more qualified staff.

He said the training would result in a continually improving standard of care in the community.

Funding for the projects is part of the Australian Government’s $47.5 million aged care workforce initiatives, which includes $21.1 million over four years to help with training staff in smaller, less viable aged care homes.

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