More Nurses in Aged Care – Up to 395 Nursing Scholarships
Applications have opened for up to 395 undergraduate aged care nursing scholarships worth up to $30,000 each as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to boost training for aged care workers.
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10 July 2010
Applications have opened for up to 395 undergraduate aged care nursing scholarships worth up to $30,000 each as part of the Gillard Government’s commitment to boost training for aged care workers Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot announced today.
Minister Elliot said: “Improved and expanded education and training for aged care workers complements the Government’s investments to provide better health and better aged care services.
“Investments in nursing scholarships and aged care training places help to improve care and underpin the sustainability of the aged care system.
“These scholarships are one way we are working hard to better equip the aged care system to meet the growing demand for services into the future,” Minister Elliot said.
The Gillard Government will provide more than $7 million in nursing scholarships that provide financial assistance of up to $5,000 per semester to a maximum of $30,000.
Minister Elliot said: “If anyone is interested in a nursing career, aged care is a great part of the health system to work in and scholarships like these provide real and practical support while you study.
"The scholarships build on the $154 million the Government has invested to train more than 25,700 aged care workers."
The 2010-11 Budget included support for nurses and other workers in aged care by providing more than $310 million for more than 31,000 aged care training places and scholarships including:
- $59.9 million for incentive payments for aged care workers who upgrade their qualifications to enhance their career as a personal care worker, an enrolled nurse or a registered nurse.
- $21 million to fund an additional 600 enrolled nurse training places and 300 registered nurse scholarships for aged care workers to upgrade their skills so they can deal with the increasing frailty of people in aged care; and
- $18 million to establish models of service that support the role of nurse practitioners in aged care.
More information on the scholarships is available from the Royal College of Nursing Australia on 1800 116 696 or at http://www.rcna.org.au/scholarships/agedcarenursingschols
For more information, contact Mrs Elliot's office on (02) 6277 7280
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