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New aged care training centre announced for Darwin to address a skills shortage in the sector

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A new training facility for aged care workers will soon be built in Darwin to help address a skills shortage in the sector.

The Northern Territory Government is spending $1.7 million on the facility, which has been earmarked for the Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Casuarina campus.

It will provide a learning environment for 24 students with room for four beds and equipment that will mimic an aged care facility.

The centre will also boast a pan room, kitchen and general-purpose teaching area as well as showers designed for people with disabilities.

It will primarily deliver VET qualifications to ensure that Territorians have a well-trained aged care workforce but will also be able to expand to support higher education programs and research.

CDU’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Scott Bowman says the centre will help better meet the needs of Territorians into the future.

“The centre will provide training to help our students be better equipped as they enter the workforce, so that they can provide better support to staff and the residents they work with in aged care settings,” Prof Bowman says.

Minister for Education and Seniors, Lauren Moss says modern infrastructure is important.

“So we can develop a strong, capable, and home-grown nursing, supervision and support workforce, ensuring quality care to older Territorians and peace of mind to their families,” Ms Moss says.

An aging workforce and population is driving demand for aged care workers across the Territory and skill shortages areexacerbated by staff turnover of up to 40 per cent.

Minister for Jobs and Training, Paul Kirby is encouraging people to consider a career in aged care as the number of Territorians aged 65 and over is expected to increase 242 per cent by 2041.

“With the Territory and Australia’s population getting older, aged care is one of the few industries where job security and new opportunities are almost guaranteed for decades to come,” Mr Kirby says.

The training centre helps meet the recommendations made in the final report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

The facility, which will be built by Scope Building NT is set to create up to 70 jobs during construction.

(Photo: Supplied by CDU).