Sharon Bird, Member for Cunningham, and Stephen Jones, Member for Throsby, announced today that funding of $587,400 will be provided for a project in the Illawarra to create an integrated aged care teaching centre modelled on teaching hospitals.
Sharon Bird said the model of aged care services will combine teaching, research, care provision and service delivery in one location to create a learning environment akin to the acute care sector and teaching hospitals.
“This project brings together the University of Wollongong and the Illawarra Retirement Trust to build a better learning environment for aged care students and workers,” Sharon Bird said.
The University of Wollongong and Illawarra Retirement Trust Teaching Nursing Home project will provide a framework for bringing together joint research programs and will enhance the capacity to provide training in nursing, psychology, exercise physiology and dietetics disciplines
Stephen Jones said that by 2050, more than 1 in 20 working Australians will be an aged care worker, which means we need to up skill more than half a million new workers and we want the best possible learning environment for this wave of students.
“We want to provide graduates studying aged care with opportunities to learn in an environment that brings together the research, training and real-world practical scenarios,” Stephen Jones said.
Minster for Ageing Mark Butler said the grant is provided under the Federal Labor Government’s Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) initiative.
“It is critical that as the population ages, we ensure we have a highly skilled workforce and that the career path is attractive to the younger generations who are considering being part of the aged care workforce.”