Aged-care workers will have the opportunity to apply for around 130 new scholarships to study postgraduate and short courses and further their professional development.
The scholarships, worth up to $30 000, were announced on Friday by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler. The funding is intended to enhance the skills of aged-care workers and open new opportunities for them in the industry.
Areas covered by the scholarships include clinical gerontology, behavioural management, dementia care, wound care, continence care, palliative care and leadership and management.
‘Registered nurses can apply for scholarships of up to $15 000 a year for two years for postgraduate studies. Enrolled and registered nurses may receive continuing education scholarships of up to $3000 to attend conferences, $5000 for short courses or workshops and up to $6000 over two years for re-entry courses,’ said Butler.
‘Having access to further training and career advancement makes aged care a better career option and makes it easier to attract and keep quality staff, which in turn means better care for our increasing population of older Australians,’ he said.
Scholarship applications close 27 April 2011. For more information contact the Royal College of Nursing Australia on 1800 116 696.
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