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In response to the recent changes to aged care reform, Three Tree Lodge and Lithgow Aged Care are working together to offer their staff the opportunity to upskill at TAFE NSW.
Three Tree Lodge CEO, Kate Hurrell, said since preparations began for the Aged Quality Standards which were released nationally on 1 July 2019, she has noticed an increased requirement for good governance, increased skills and a more person-centred approach for residents.
“We have joined forces with Lithgow Aged Care and made a commitment to more than 40 staff to complete customised training at TAFE NSW Lithgow in dementia care, leadership and management, workplace communication and resilience.
“We’re really passionate about investing in our staff and motivating them to become leaders in the sector,” Ms Hurrell said.
“Three Tree Lodge are also looking at further training with TAFE NSW in areas such as hospitality, human resources and bookkeeping.”
Lithgow Aged Care CEO, Craig Oeding, said the organisation was thrilled to be working with Three Tree Lodge and TAFE NSW to provide staff with the opportunity to further their skills.
“TAFE NSW is providing staff with the hands-on training in dementia care, which involves learning about how to work with residents and provide them with the best quality of life. Lithgow Aged Care has two dementia wings, so improving staff specialist skills in this area is a big priority for us.
“We also have a number of registered nurses and enrolled nurses who need the skills to be able to manage staff and step up to new roles, which is where the leadership and management training is really important.
Comprehensive aged care training for Three Tree Lodge and Lithgow Aged Care is one of many training packages that have been tailored by TAFE Enterprise to target the specific skill sets required by businesses and organisations.
To find out more about TAFE NSW customised training, visit www.tafensw.edu.au/enterprise or phone 131 601.
Media contact: Emma Curtis, TAFE NSW Media Officer, (02) 6338 2509, mobile 0427 901 515.