New training program for Tasmania's aged care workforce

A multidisciplinary teaching hub at a Tasmanian aged care facility will secure greater opportunities for Tasmania's health students.


The State and Federal Government will allocate $1.5 million through the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to establish the training centre at Corumbene Care at New Norfolk.


The facility is set to offer nursing, exercise physiology, pharmacy, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology and podiatry training.


The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck said students will learn how to deliver culturally responsible services including bereavement support, health promotion, exercise and nutrition.


Minister for Regional Health, Dr David Gillespie said, “More than $18 million of the funding was allocated to establish up to 7 health training demonstration sites in aged care services in country Australia.”


Students from UTAS and interstate universities across nursing and allied health disciplines will undertake their scheduled Professional Experience Placements (PEP) at Corumbene.


UTAS aims to deliver training to 44 students in 2022, and 50 students in 2023, with an average placement being approximately 5 weeks long. UTAS will work to increase that to more than 5 weeks for each student.


UTAS will directly target students from rural areas and work with Aboriginal health organisations to incorporate cultural safety for supervisors and students.


“There is growing evidence that health students who undertake extended training in a rural area, and those from a rural background, are more likely to take up rural practice upon graduation,” Dr Gillespie said.


Additionally, the Governments announced $135.6 million in financial support for registered nurses who work for the same aged care provider over a 12 month period. Nurses will be eligible for an additional payment if they work in a rural or remote area or have a formal postgraduate qualifications or take on further training responsibilities. This funding will be rolled out over two years, and will put money straight into the pockets of aged care nurses.


23 March 2022.