Aged care Focus of QLD Pilot Program

30 July, 2020

One of Australia’s leading employment service providers will play a crucial role in helping Queensland aged care workers deliver world-class standards of service.

MEGT has developed four online courses for 360 existing and 40 new aged care workers, as part of its’ ‘Aged Care Potential’ micro-credentialing pilot program. All are aimed at increasing the employability of workers, by teaching skills that are in demand within the rapidly-growing sector.

Courses will cover the subjects of ‘Planning for Pandemics’, ‘Leadership in Crisis’, ‘Dignity of Risk’, and ‘Understanding Aged Care Standards’. They are specifically designed to help current and future employees care for often vulnerable Australians.

It will also help address issues identified by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, in a sector which is expected to triple its’ workforce over the next decade.

Micro-credentialing is increasingly being used in many different types of workplaces, developing skills that aren’t always taught in traditional education pathways. The pilot program will test what types of training is required to meet the needs of the aged care sector.

A key part of that is ensuring workers are up-to-date with the developments in aged care, with a focus on improving outcomes for the people they care for.

MEGT CEO Bridie Gildea says the pilot program will address complex and ever-changing needs in a sector where care for individuals is paramount.

“The elderly in our society deserve the very best of care, and an opportunity to live their lives with dignity”, she said.

“MEGT is proud to help Queensland’s dedicated and hard-working aged care workers to be the best they can be, while looking after our much-valued and respected generation of older Australians”.

Funding will be provided by Queensland’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. MEGT will partner with Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and workforce management platform PowerHouseHub to deliver the program.