Tasmanian aged care provider to receive new training facility

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Tasmanian Not For Profit aged care provider Corumbene Care (above) will host a new multidisciplinary training centre, with the Federal Government to invest $1.5 million through the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

Corumbene Care is located in New Norfolk, 32 kilometres northwest of Hobart on the Derwent River. The facility, which will offer education in nursing, exercise physiology, pharmacy, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology and podiatry, will train nursing and allied health students from UTAS and interstate universities as part of their scheduled Professional Experience Placements (PEP).

Senator Richard Colbeck, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services (pictured), said the centre will enable students to learn culturally responsible practices in areas such as bereavement support, health promotion, exercise and nutrition.

“We know how important it is for older Australians to receive the care they need, particularly in regions where access to services can sometimes be restricted.

“The surrounding areas of the Derwent Valley, Central Highlands and the Southern Midlands will benefit enormously under this initiative aimed at strengthening future careers in the sector while prioritising the health and wellbeing of older Tasmanians,” he said.

The Federal Government last month provided $3.7 million to UniSA for a new aged care training facility in Port Lincoln, 649km from Adelaide.