The federal government is providing $300,000 to develop a learning framework to support cultural training for aged care nurses.

The framework aims to support aged and health care nurses caring for the increasing number of older Australians from migrant, refugee and non-English speaking backgrounds.

It will be developed by the Migrant and Refugee Women’s Health Partnership, which brings health professionals and the community together to address barriers to access associated with cultural and linguistic diversity.

The framework will include free practical online learning modules along with assessments and recommended resources to assist nurses.

The voluntary resource will be available to nursing students as well as practising nurses who want to undertake continuing professional development.

The modules will be aligned with curricula for registered nurses and enrolled nurses and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Code of Conduct and Standards for Practice.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the framework would be particularly relevant to nurses working in aged care.

“Cultural responsiveness is essential to ensure that every senior Australian feels comfortable when receiving health care and aged care,” Mr Wyatt said.

“The framework will add a new dimension to nurse education, training, professional development and practice involving senior Australians.”

He said the sector needed to be better prepared to cater for the needs of the growing CALD senior Australian population.

“Our health system, including the aged care system, must be able and ready to respond to the needs of every person in our increasingly diverse society,” Mr Wyatt said.

The proportion of Australians over the age of 65 has grown from 25 per cent in 1981 to 36 per cent in 2011, with 61 per cent of these people born in non-English speaking countries, he said.

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