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Victorian nurses to learn more about older adult health: new training funded

Victorian nurses will share in $1.1 million worth of specialist training to improve the treatment and care of older adults, the state government has announced.

Martin Foley, Victoria’s minister for ageing, said public sector nurses will have access to short training courses to better identify and manage a range of complex physical and mental health issues commonly experienced by older people.

From September, the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (Vic Branch) will facilitate the training to around 800 nurses, while La Trobe University will deliver the three-day ‘Comprehensive health assessment of older people’ program.

Branch secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said the training will provide significant support to nurses working with older patients and nursing home residents and will improve treatment and clinical care.

“We’re thrilled the Andrews Government is investing in its Victorian nursing workforce to meet the increasing acuity in nursing home residents and older people who commonly have multiple health issues,” Fitzpatrick said.

Foley made the announcement at a turning of the sod for a new $55.6 million residential aged care facility at St George’s Health Service in Kew.

The 90-bed facility today will include aged persons’ mental health beds and will be operated by St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

Scheduled for completion late next year, it will house a broad range of medical, rehabilitation and allied health care services, as well as a new ambulance depot.

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