Strengthening aged care training in the Territory
The Territory Government and Charles Darwin University (CDU) are boosting training for the next generation of aged care workers with the construction of a new Training Centre for Aged Care at CDU’s Casuarina campus.
The Territory Government has invested $1.7 million towards construction of the training centre.
The centre will primarily deliver vocational education and training qualifications to ensure that Territorians have a compassionate and well-trained aged care workforce. Ultimately, the centre will be able to expand for supporting higher education programs and research at the university.
The training centre, which will be built by Scope Building NT, will create up to 70 jobs during the construction phase. It will provide a learning environment for 24 students with room for four aged care beds and equipment that will mimic an aged care facility to aid student learning.
It will also feature a pan room, kitchen and general-purpose teaching area as well as showers designed for people with disabilities. The surrounding area will be fully landscaped following the completion of the works.
The demand for workers in the aged care sector in the Northern Territory is driven by an aging workforce with Territorians aged 65 plus expected to increase 242% by 2041. Aboriginal Territorians make up 39% of aged care clients.
The centre is in line with recommendations from the final report from The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety which recommended ongoing development of workforce capacity through requirements for training and professional development.