An Australian research project has revealed shortfalls in education programs for personal care workers and has informed the development of a formal program to address their ongoing education needs.
The study identified differences in the quality of vocational education for personal care workers and a lack of targeted education programs once they were on the job.
Julie Martyn, a senior lecturer in nursing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, conducted focus groups, interviews and surveys with managers and personal care workers at residential aged-care facilities in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.
Martyn said personal care workers play a vital role in the aged-care sector, yet they are not regulated by the agency responsible for monitoring doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. “Ongoing education is mandatory for other health professions to meet their requirements for registration, however there is no impetus for care workers because they are unlicensed.”
Aged Care Insite spoke with Martyn about her research and the aspects of care the education program covers.Do you have an idea for a story?
Email [email protected]