03:42am Wednesday 13 December 2017

Thanks to Dana and her ilk, babyboomers can enjoy longer and healthier lives in their own homes

Dana and a group of her Centacare colleagues recently completed the Centacare Community Care Competency Training Course through the Centre for Professional Health Education at CQUniversity Australia.

Centacare employee Dana Triffett has recently completed the Centacare Community Care Competency Training Course with the Centre for Professional Health Education at CQUniversity

This pilot course was celebrated during the launch of a Healthy Ageing Alliance between CQUniversity, Centacare and Mercy Aged Care.

The initial students studied online modules and also came together on campus for practical sessions. Their course covered everything from use of personal protection equipment, through to assisting clients with self medication, and preventing falls in the home.

Dana, who serves clients in the Rockhampton and Yeppoon districts, said her latest course complemented previous TAFE certificates she had completed in Aged Care and Community Care.

“This was a useful update and refresher to enhance our services,” she said.

The Healthy Ageing Alliance is an exciting partnership that will help Central Queensland communities to meet some of the challenges presented by our ageing population.

Significant change in the care delivery models and funding, a large increase in the demand for care services, and development of the workforce required to deliver services to older Australians are some of the challenges provided by the ageing of our population.

The Healthy Ageing Alliance is a professional development alliance that aims to develop ongoing training and work-related learning opportunities for staff employed at all levels within the residential, aged, and community care industries in Central Queensland.

The opportunities developed by the Alliance will enable staff to develop a ‘Career Portfolio’ to support their professional growth through their careers. It is intended that the benefits of the Alliance will include:

* Encouragement of more people to pursue a career in residential, aged, and community care;

* Mercy Aged Care Services and CentacareCQ will be able to respond to the increased competition for staff as the demand for care increases with our ageing population; and

* CQUniversity will be supported to develop best practice courses and programs that will meet the current and projected needs of the residential, aged, and community care workforce in Australia.
The staff members who might benefit from the work of the Alliance include nurses, care workers, and people in management and administration roles.

In early discussions to date, the Alliance has identified the need for the training and work-related learning opportunities to be delivered in stand-alone units that will meet the current and future workplace needs of CentacareCQ and Mercy Aged Care Services.

Following successful development within the businesses operated by the Alliance partners, the units of professional development will be available to organisations operating across the footprint of CQUniversity.

Completed units of professional development will also be recognised by CQUniversity as contributing to assessment requirements should the staff member wish to complete formal qualifications in their field at a later date. Staff members will be able to take this ‘Career Portfolio’ wherever they are employed throughout their career.

CQUniversity Australia


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