Strengthening workforce capacity in dementia care

Dementia Australia is expanding its education program to build the leadership skills of aged care workers.

Dementia Australia is expanding its education program to build the leadership skills of aged care workers.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said strong leadership in aged care is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality aged care.

Maree McCabe

“With the current shortage of aged care workers, it is crucial that we attract more people to the sector, strengthen the current workforce’s capability and develop meaningful learning pathways. We are proud to be leading the charge to improve the dementia capability of the aged care workforce by developing and empowering staff.”

The new educational modules are:

  • 10993NAT Certificate IV in Dementia Practice: a qualification designed to enhance the dementia practice, knowledge and skills of existing workers, and strengthen the capacity of existing staff to be dementia practice leaders. It provides participants with advanced tools to become leaders in implementing practice change so they can support staff, families and carers in improving the lives of people living with dementia
  • Demonstrating Dementia Leadership: a program that explores the knowledge and skills required to lead teams and individuals by modelling good practice and demonstrating how to influence team performance. The content covers two units of competency from the 10993NAT Certificate IV in Dementia Practice: BSBLDR411 Demonstrate leadership in the workplace, and BSBLDR414 Lead team effectiveness
  • Leading Quality Dementia Care: a program that explores the benefits of self-leadership in the context of supporting people living with dementia, working collaboratively with staff, working in partnership with families and thriving within organisational frameworks. The program provides four modules of learning including trust, communication, diversity and stress management
  • Community of Practice: designed to build relationships to support members to share knowledge and lead improvements in practice. This national network of CoPs will build on the success of the previous program that was funded by the Priceline Sisterhood Foundation and evaluated by Swinburne University of Technology.

“This expansion of our Centre for Dementia Learning’s programs enhances our already comprehensive suite of education programs that are designed to improve the quality of care for people living with dementia,” said Ms McCabe.

Funded by the Australian Government, the new modules will be delivered online by Dementia Training Australia.

For more information on how to register staff, providers can click here.

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