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Industry skills training given a boost

New initiative to bolster staff skills and attract new nurses to the sector.

Up to 560 new undergraduate scholarships worth $8.7 million are being provided by government to attract nurses to the aged care sector.

A further 120 postgraduate nursing scholarships worth $800,000 will be provided to encourage nurses in the industry to expand their skills and career prospects.

At the Tri-state conference in Mt Gambier at the weekend Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot announced the package, which she said will benefit undergraduate and postgraduate nurses in remote and regional areas.

The $9.5 million package, up-skilling 680 people, will play an important role in improving quality of care in aged care today and help to build the aged care workforce of the future, she said.

“The scholarships are worth up to $30,000 over three years and are designed to attract more nurses to the sector and to up-skill the existing workforce.

“The aged care industry is Australia’s ninth biggest employer and we are committed to building an aged care workforce for the future,” Elliot said.

Community aged care nurses interested in the scholarships, to be advertised on 6 March, should contact the Royal College of Nursing Australia.

Applications close on 16 April.

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