Aged Care Workers Support - Continue funding

A $30 million measure will continue funding to support aged care workers in upgrading their skills and in encouraging more workers into areas of need such as rural and remote regions.

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Why is it important?

  • Aged care homes in rural and remote areas find it difficult to recruit and retain staff due to their location. This means that personal care workers may undertake many of the activities that nurses in metropolitan homes would undertake.
  • This measure will enable aged care workers in smaller aged care homes to upgrade their skills and encourage more people to work in aged care in rural and isolated locations.

Who will benefit?

  • Residents in smaller aged care homes will be cared for by better-qualified aged care workers.

What funding is the Government commitment to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed $30 million over the next four years to continue to support aged care workers.

What have we done in the past?

  • Introduced in 2002-03, the Support for Aged Care Workers programme has benefited more than 5,700 staff through 70 flexible or distance training programs in more than 470 aged care homes throughout Australia.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will be reviewed in the 2010-11 Budget.

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