Above: Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, at the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council’s Decision Makers’ Forum in March 2011.
The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, has invited budding nurses to apply for one of 715 aged care nursing scholarships, worth up to $30,000.
The scholarships are for postgraduate and undergraduate nursing students as well as those undertaking nurse practitioner studies, including for continuing professional development, or for courses aimed at nurses wishing to re-enter the aged care workforce. Applications close on 31 August 2012.
In a statement released today, Mr Butler said the scholarships were part of the Australian Government’s commitment to boost training for aged care workers.
“The Gillard Government is committed to building capacity in the aged care workforce through measures such as these scholarships, and also through the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package, which includes a $1.2 billion investment in better wages and conditions,” Mr Butler said.
“Aged care nursing scholarships provide valuable assistance to people considering careers in aged care and are a critical component of our effort to boost the aged care workforce.”
Mr Butler also encouraged prospective nurses to choose a career in aged care, describing it as “a very rewarding part of the health system to work in”.
The money to help cover education costs and encourage nursing students to think again about a career in aged care is provided through the federal government’s Aged Care Nursing Scholarships program with funding from the Aged Care Workforce Fund.
More information can be obtained from the Royal College of Nursing Australia on 1800 116 696 or at www.rcna.org.au