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Free training modules launched to address gaps identified by royal commission

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A new suite of free online training modules for frontline residential aged care workers is launching from July 1.

An on-line, modular, self-paced package, the modules are designed to meet an identified training gap in the residential aged care sector, identified by the royal commission.

A joint initiative of Victorian Aged Care Education & Training (VACET) and the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care (ACEBAC) at La Trobe University, the package has been funded by the Victorian State Government.

ACEBAC is an internationally recognised leader in evidence based aged care, with particular experience in developing, identifying and promoting the dissemination and integration of evidence into aged care practice.

The focus of the package incorporates three care areas:

  • Dementia Care
  • Recognising and providing a palliative response to care
  • Oral and dental hygiene and links to health and well-being

The target audience include registered nurses, enrolled nurses, personal care workers and allied health staff.

The ‘Dementia Care’ section includes understanding dementia, understanding pain, recognising and responding to responsive behaviours, depression and dementia, and sleep and dementia

The ‘Palliative Care’ section includes an introduction to alliative care, symptom management, recognition and management of an actively dying resident, loss, grief and bereavement, and self-care and resilience

In ‘Oral Care’ section includes perspectives on oral care, aged care quality standards, oral care and communication, healthy oral structures, oral screening and oral care planning, oral health and general health, specific personalised oral care, additional preventive options, and oral sensitivity and comfort.

Each module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is designed so learners can choose their own learning journey and start and finish wherever they like.

Course organisers have also included a portfolio module where users can keep a log of their learning, add information they wish to refer back to and note their thoughts and feelings in response to the learning.

For more information, go to the ACEBAC website.

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