Projects Aged Care

Aged care skills development project

Projects Aged Care

Aged care skills development project

Projects Aged Care

Aged care skills development project

  • Services

    Evaluation & Advisory

  • Status

    Current

  • Client

    Australian Government Department of Health

  • Jurisdiction

    Australia-wide

Nurses and personal care workers employed in the aged care sector are needing to meet the increasingly complex clinical care needs of care recipients.

The Australian Government Department of Health has engaged AHA to undertake phase one of a Skills Development Program for Aged Care Staff (the program), which is part of the Enhancing Nursing Skills and Leadership Capability in Aged Care 2020/2021 budget measure. The program will provide the aged care workforce with access to training that is high quality, relevant and accessible.

AHA’s role comprises:

  • a gap analysis of existing training for nurses and personal care workers working in the aged care industry
  • an analysis of the aged care workforce and providers’ preferences for access to training
  • the preparation of recommendations for a skills development program.

Over 4 months AHA will perform interviews with representatives from peak bodies, training organisations, and department working groups. An online survey for direct care workers (personal care workers, nurses and allied health professionals) and managers will also be deployed to identify priority areas for training and the preferred delivery methods. Lastly, focus groups with direct care workers and managers will take place to explore issues in more detail. Findings arising from these consultations will be analysed and recommendations developed for a Skills Development Program.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety noted the importance of aged care workers having access to good quality and easily accessible ongoing training and professional development opportunities