As part of the funding investment, a new interactive mini-hospital ward is being developed at the Devonport TAFE, with the goal of allowing locals studying nursing and aged care to get the best training possible.
Labor candidate for the area of Braddon, Justine Keay, says the investment announcement is “great news” for North West Tasmania which is experiencing increases in demand for nursing and healthcare services.
“This announcement means locals will have access to the best possible skills and training right here in Devonport,” she says.
“It will provide more vocational opportunities for young Tasmanians and will support the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and aged care reforms.”
Aged care provider Uniting AgeWell is just one of the industry organisations who has welcomed the investment in improved training for aged care workers through the development of the interactive training facility, which will include viewing laboratories, high-level simulation mannequins and beds.
“A professionally trained workforce able to meet the health and care needs of an ever-increasing ageing population is a critical issue for the community and all aged care providers,” Uniting AgeWell Chief Executive Officer Andrew Kinnersly says.
“We are experiencing extensive growth and demand for our specialist residential and home care services in Tasmania, particularly in the North West.
“Ensuring we have access to well-trained, competent staff is crucial in addressing the needs of seniors in our regional communities.”
Mr Kinnersly adds that Uniting AgeWell is also investing in the local community and seniors services, following the commenced construction of a $10 million redevelopment at its Strathdevon facility earlier this year.
The new development includes a new 30-bed wing which is due to open in early 2019, as well as an expansion of its home care and transition care services to support older people living independently at home.
Mr Kinnersly says this growth in services also represents increased employment opportunities.
“It’s encouraging that a local TAFE will be able to provide enhanced opportunities for aged care training and engagement to ensure its graduates have a strong skills base right from the outset,” he says.