Taking training to the industry

A partnership between Brisbane North Institute of TAFE and a group of aged care providers is increasing the skill level of the aged care workforce.

Brisbane North Institute of TAFE (BNIT) has begun rolling out more than $12 million in aged care training across Queensland and northern New South Wales, as part of a five-year program to upskill the sector.

The project is focused only on improving the skill levels of existing aged and community care workers, employed by specific organisations that are partners in the program.

According to a statement form BNIT, the project aims to “create 1400 qualified places spanning aged care, nursing, diversional therapy, and home and community care over the next five years”.

Partner organisations include Tricare, RSL Care, Blue Care Queensland, Southern Cross Care, Churches of Christ Care, Ozcare, Domain Principal, Queensland Baptist Church, Lutheran Care and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Project Manager, Bree Harrison, said eight different courses were being delivered flexibly across QLD, including in areas defined as either rural or remote. 

“We take the training out to the industry; we gather students in centralised locations convenient to where they live and work,” Ms Harrison said.

““The existence of a suitably skilled and motivated aged care workforce is fundamental to providing the high quality care our ageing population needs and deserves.

“[…] Through our programs, BNIT supports approved providers of residential and community aged care services in meeting their responsibilities to maintain an adequate number of appropriately skilled staff to meet the needs of care recipients.”

“The community wide significance will be substantial. The qualifications issued will have a hugely positive effect for all through higher skilled aged and community care staff, an increase in the levels and quality of patient care, and a greater industry-wide engagement for the delivery of training.”

Ms Harrison said the training is already underway for 2011 and the 2012 courses are enrolling students now.

The eight courses are: 

  • Certificate III and Certificate IV in Aged Care 
  • Certificate III and Certificate IV in Home and Community Care
  • Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
  • Certificate IV in Frontline Management
  • Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled / Division 2) 
  • Diploma of Community Services Coordination

The initiative was funded by the Department of Health and Ageing, in response to the ageing population and skills shortages in the aged care sector, according to a statement from BNIT.

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