Tender invited for developing skills of aged care staff

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The Commonwealth Health Department is inviting tenders for the second phase of a Skills Development Program for Aged Care Staff.

The program is part of the Enhancing Nursing Skills and Leadership Capability in Aged Care 2020–21 measure, proposed in the Federal Budget. It aims to provide direct care staff with access to training to ensure they have up-to-date skills to deliver quality care.

The Health Dept engaged Australian Healthcare Associates (AHA) to undertake Phase 1 of this project which involved a desktop review and consultation with key stakeholders, looking at setting up the program suitable for workers and aged care service providers.

Phase 2 will involve developing and implementing the online training packages as recommended by AHA. The program aims to provide direct care staff with access to training to ensure they have up-to-date skills to deliver quality care.

More specifically, the program is designed to:

  • encourage the growth of skills required for the aged care workforce to meet increasingly complex clinical and other care needs;
  • provide access to training that is high quality, relevant and accessible to the aged care workforce;
  • complement existing training and new programs introduced as a result of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
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