Smith, S and Stevens, SC, Aged care system workforce: training quality in NSW, Australasian Journal on Ageing, 32, (4) pp. 233-235. ISSN 1440-6381 (2013) [Refereed Article]
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Aim: This study examines the consistency and acceptability by employers of the Certificate III in Aged Care as a qualification for unregistered care workers in metropolitan NSW.
Method: An expert committee developed consistency measures and surveyed 10 registered training organisations providing courses leading to this qualification to establish course consistency. Ten employers of graduates from these organisations were surveyed to examine the courses’ acceptability as preparation for care workers.
Results: Training organisations provided widely different content, clinical experience and levels of supervision for students at varying rates of cost and duration. Facilities were not satisfied by levels of skills and knowledge of graduates and did not employ those from 20% of the sample surveyed.
Conclusion: Care workers’ qualifications should be regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the title and roles of these workers become more defined and clarified as a result.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||workforce, aged care system, quality, training|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Health Care Administration|
|Objective Group:||Health and Support Services|
|Objective Field:||Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Smith, S (Mrs Sharlene Smith)|
|UTAS Author:||Stevens, SC (Dr Stella Stevens)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||1|
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