Australia's aged care nurse workforce of tomorrow is to be trained at the University of Wollongong.
UOW was one of three successful tenders chosen nationally to deliver specialised training programs over three years for Registered Nurses (RNs) under the Aged Care Transition to Practice (ACTTP) initiative.
The initiative aims to increase the availability of RNs with the required experience and education in aged care to meet the growing care needs of older Australians by attracting up to 740 new nurses to the aged care sector across all three providers.
UOW's Aged Dementia Healthy Education & Research (ADHERe) Centre director and project leader, Professor Victoria Traynor, was very pleased with the tender outcome.
"Aged care is the fastest growing area of clinical practice in Australia's health care sector, and we urgently need more and better qualified and education aged care nurses," Professor Traynor said.
"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to deliver this program to support aged care nurses and ensure older Australians receive the best possible care.
"UOW has invested significantly over many years in developing our expertise in this field and the whole team is looking forward to applying that expertise to this program."
UOW's program will guide nurses in their first year of clinical practice through mentorship, professional development, and specialist education to help them increase their skills and capabilities and encourage them to pursue aged care nursing practice.
UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patricia Davidson, who recently took office after serving as Dean of the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University, in USA, congratulated the team.
"I am very proud to see UOW's nursing school team selected for such an important national initiative.
"Your selection by the Australian Government pays testament to the reputation you have built for delivering quality nursing education and training based on solid expertise and continuing research," she said.
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