Aged care

TAFE NSW is creating an Australian-first industry partnership that will co-locate aged care facilities and provide first class, on-the-job training for students, according to the NSW government.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro has welcomed applications from all aged care providers for the first-of-a-kind partnership.

“We are bringing Australia’s leading public VET provider, TAFE NSW, and industry together so students can learn how to care for our ageing population on the job from qualified aged care staff,” he said.

“These types of partnerships ensure industry plays a key role in the education and training of our future skilled workforce, providing quality facilities where students can receive on the job experience throughout their course of study.”

He said the NSW Government is building a workforce to fill the demand for jobs in the health, retirement living, home and aged care sectors to accommodate Australia’s ageing population.

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka said one in four Australians will be over the age of 65 by 2065.

“Our ageing population makes it is absolutely vital that we train students in the right environment so they can join the existing quality aged care workforce, job ready,” he said.

“This innovative partnership will help ensure older people in NSW get the highest quality care and will support the growth of the aged care sector into the future.”

Rural health commissioner

The Rural Doctors’ Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed the introduction of a National Rural Health Commissioner saying the role brings an exciting opportunity to shape rural health policy for the future.

RDAA president Dr Ewen McPhee said the position will provide the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to rural healthcare that draw upon the strengths and skills of all members of the rural healthcare team.

“We again strongly commend the federal government for acting upon RDAA's call to create this important role and we look forward to continuing to work with the Government and other stakeholders to develop the key outcomes that we all want the role to deliver,” he said.