Ministers check aged care innovation and education

Federal minister for aged care and Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills have inspected aged care facilities with a progressive outlooks on the future.


Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has praised the innovative approach taken by one of Australia’s newest residential aged care facilities, officially opened today at Mudgeeraba in Queensland.


The Residences at Cedarbrook facility is integrated within a farm where the animals are looked after by students from a local school.


“This is part of a welcome trend in Australia, where we increasingly see the activities of young Australians, from toddlers to teenagers, woven into aged care,” Mr Wyatt said.


“It is important that senior Australians, including those in aged care, are given the opportunity to take part in productive activities as much as possible.


“It can be hands-on, or providing ideas or just cheering others on, but senior Australians have a contribution to make to our communities and our local economies.


“I understand that Carinity plans to start producing honey and that residents may take part in this, and even get their names on the honey jars,” he said.


Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, met with TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region graduates at TriCare’s new state-of-the art extension to Cypress Gardens Aged Care Residence at Clear Island Waters.


TriCare and TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region have enjoyed a long standing partnership for more than 20 years, working together to develop aged care training programs, vocational placement and provide subsequent employment of TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region graduates.


The Assistant Minister met with TAFE graduates who recently completed Certificate III in Individual Support, an 18 week course with a vocational placement component of 120 hours, giving students the skills needed to provide individual care to people in home, community or health care setting.


“It was a real pleasure to meet the graduates who have made their way into great jobs through their vocational education and training with Gold Coast TAFE,” Assistant Minister Andrews said.


“Closer collaboration between industry and training providers is essential to ensuring students get the skills employers are looking for and this is a great local example of that.”


TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast Region Director, Community Services, Health and Nursing, Debbie Blow said, “We want to send our students to an organization where they will experience best practice, will be afforded good experiential learning opportunities and be embraced by the facility. TriCare ticks all these boxes.”


In addition to Certificate III in Individual Support, TriCare provides vocational placement opportunities for TAFE Queensland students completing Diploma of Nursing, Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Certificate IV in Leisure & Health and Certificate II in Health Support Services.


14 November 2017.