A new training hub for the aged care industry has opened in Western Australia.
The Coolibah Care training hub in Mandurah – on WA’s southwest coast – aims to empower aged care staff and students with hands-on and online learning.
The hub has been funded to the tune of $100,000 through a state government Regional Development Grants Program.
Council on the Ageing WA chief executive officer Mark Kinsela welcomed the centre’s opening and praised the premier Roger Cook and his government for funding the hub.
“This centre isn’t just a response – it’s a solution. It is pleasing to see the Cook government taking steps to address workforce challenges within aged care and elevate the standards of care older Australians rightfully deserve.”
Highlighting the expected shortfall of at least 110,000 aged care workers by 2031 across Australia, COTA WA board chair Mary Anne Stephens said the Coolibah Care training hub was a positive step forward in ensuring there were facilities to train the next generation of workers.
“Fostering a workforce with access to training opportunities and the chance to enhance their skillsets is so important when it comes to the quality of care older individuals receive.
“Delivering top-tier care for our seniors demands a highly-skilled and supported workforce. The opening of this training hub is an example of innovative solutions to tackle these issues head on, particularly in regions where service demands are at higher levels.”
She added: “We eagerly await witnessing the tangible impact and positive outcomes that this centre will bring into action, setting a new benchmark for excellence in aged care.”