The initiative will combine teaching, research, care provision and service delivery in one location to create a learning environment akin to teaching hospitals.
The Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) concept relates to aged care services that combine teaching, research, care provision and service delivery in one location to create a learning environment akin to the acute care sector and teaching hospitals. Expressions of interest were sought in by November 2011 from consortia of aged care providers and education/training organisations to take the TRACS concept further. These cover current formal arrangements under an existing TRACS model as well as developmental or new approaches. Shortlisted applicants are to be invited to submit funding proposals. The aim will be to have funding finalised before the end of the 2011-12 financial year.
Evaluation is a key element of the TRACS initiative. It is expected that the evaluation will generate valuable information on ‘what works’ and ‘what doesn’t work’ in terms of developing linkages, providing clinical training to multidisciplinary teams in aged care settings, improving workforce capacity in providing complex care and creating career pathways.
The Federal Labor Government will provide funding for projects across Australia to create integrated aged care teaching centres.
Minister for Ageing Mark Butler said this initiative will combine teaching, research, care provision and service delivery in one location to create a learning environment akin to teaching hospitals.
“By 2050 we expect that more than 1 in 20 working Australians will be an aged care worker.”
“This means we need more than half a million new workers and we want the best possible learning environment for this wave of students.”
“We want to provide graduates studying aged care with opportunities to learn in an environment that brings together research, training and real-world practical scenarios,” Mr Butler said.
The announcement will see 16 grants provided to universities and aged care facilities across the country under the Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) initiative.
“The projects will cover a range of disciplines including nursing, psychology, medicine, physiotherapy and occupational therapy designed to support the training and professional development of workers in aged care,” Mr Butler said.
“It is critical that as the population ages, we ensure we have a highly skilled workforce and that the career path is attractive to the younger generations who are considering a future in the aged care industry.”
Recipients funded under the TRACS initiative are:
- Aged Care & Housing Group (SA)
- Brotherhood of St Laurence (VIC)
- Deakin University (VIC)
- Griffith University (QLD)
- HammondCare (NSW)
- QLD University of Technology (QLD)
- Resthaven Incorporated (SA)
- RSL LifeCare Limited (NSW)
- Southern NSW Local Health District (NSW/ACT)
- St Johns Village Inc. Victoria (VIC)
- The University of Adelaide (SA)
- The University of Wollongong (NSW)
- University of Canberra (ACT/NSW)
- University of South Australia (SA)
- University of Southern Queensland (QLD)
- University of Tasmania (VIC/WA/TAS)