Training for aged care workers to develop necessary skills will be enhanced due to a new round of scholarships for higher studies in aged care, including professional development worth up to $30,000.
The scholarships were announced today by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler. He said that around 130 scholarships are available for postgraduate or continuing education relating to care of older people.
“Eligible study areas include clinical gerontology, behavioural management, dementia care, wound care, continence care, palliative care, infection control and leadership and management.
“Registered nurses can apply for scholarships of up to $15,000 a year for two years for postgraduate studies. Enrolled and registered nurses may receive continuing education scholarships of up to $3,000 to attend conferences, $5,000 for short courses or workshops and up to $6,000 over two years for re-entry courses,” he said.
The scholarships are made available through the Australian Government’s $232 million Supporting a Professional Aged Care Workforce Program.
“These scholarships encourage aged care nurses to extend their skills so they can improve the clinical care they provide, or to further their career paths in aged care,” Mr Butler said.
“Having access to further training and career advancement makes aged care a better career option and makes it easier to attract and keep quality staff, which in turn means better care for our increasing population of older Australians.”
Applications for the scholarships close on 27 April 2011.
Information can be obtained from the Royal College of Nursing Australia on 1800 116 696 1800 116 696 or at www.rcna.org.au
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