TAFE NSW Western Institute has initiated a training program for the Commonwealth Department of Heath and Ageing to enable implementation of the new Aged Care Funding Instrument in 2008. This is the biggest training initiative ever funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and between now and next March approximately 10,000 people will be trained in the new aged care administration process.
For the NSW TAFE Western Institute this is a $4.2 million contract. All the resources for the training related to the roll out of this new legislation have been developed by the Institute's Project team led by Karen Hyland who works from Dubbo. The first stage of the training schedule was a training session in Sydney run by Western Institute of TAFE for people from each state in Australia and who will become trainers for the Aged Care Funding Instrument.
According to Jenny Smith, TAFE NSW Western Institute, "It has taken the TAFE team one year, one month and one week from the day the Department in Canberra gave them the go ahead to the beginning of the massive training process which began in Sydney this month".
The actual training program began in with 70 people in Sydney for the Train the Trainer program, each with an aged care industry background and a vocation to teach and most were from various TAFE colleges around Australia.
Institute Director, Adrian Mitchell said. "Our people, led by Kate Baxter, Director of Educational Delivery Faculty of Community Services, Health, Tourism & Recreation showed great vision to tender for the contract, and having won the tender and have succeeded in its delivery. This is a huge achievement. The Aged Care Funding Instrument itself has been described as new, innovative and different."
The next stage will be training 3,000 managers and directors of aged care facilities (September - October 2007) and then in February - March 2008 a further 7,000 aged care workers. There have been five new learning resources developed by the Institute for this training and the resources will be in place nationally for all training new aged care workers in the future.