Education and Training

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    Open Minds, Open Doors - more please!

    2 February 2017

    The home and community support services (HCSS) sector is crying out for more training opportunities like Open Minds, Open Doors, following the success of the popular dementia training programme.

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    Two new quals for healthcare assistants

    23 January 2017

    Two new qualifications will help provide solid pathways into jobs in the aged care, community support, disability and other healthcare sectors as well as professional development opportunities for healthcare assistants.

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    "Now is not the time to discourage training"

    15 December 2014

    The Industry Training Federation calls for Government to better support training for care and community support workers.

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    Spotlight on older women in employment

    22 October 2014

    New research findings on the employment of older New Zealand women is to be presented today in Wellington at the Ministry of Social Development, followed by a panel discussion.

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    Person-centred care a key focus at NZACA conference

    21 October 2014

    Getting away from an institutionalised approach to a more person-centred focus was one of the key messages emerging from the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s annual conference, held last week in Wellington.

  • RVA conference: a growing industry learning to defend itself

    30 June 2014

    Managing public perceptions and remaining innovative were two key themes emerging from the annual Retirement Villages Association (RVA) conference held last week in Auckland.

  • RVA conference looms

    5 June 2014

    *The RVA’s annual conference heads to Auckland this year, where, following its much-anticipated golf tournament, it will play host to an array of interesting speakers and topics.*

  • A long way to go – but on the right track

    23 May 2014

    The recent Careerforce Workforce Development Conference in Wellington addressed pay and training as crucial to aged care’s future, as JUDE BARBACK discovered.

  • Full agenda for Careerforce conference

    6 May 2014

    The Careerforce Workforce Development Conference 2014, which will take place on the 20 and 21 May at Te Papa in Wellington, will bring together some of the leading people involved in the development of the carer workforce, and address a range of pertinent topics.

September 2016

May 2016

December 2015

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    Building a competent workforce

    Ray Lind believes that having a competent and skilled workforce to meet the increasingly complex needs and numbers of our aged population is crucial.

September 2015

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    The burden of responsibility

    Caregivers are ultimately responsible for people’s lives when carrying out their day-to-day jobs. Are we equipping them with adequate skills, expectations and remuneration to handle this level of responsibility? By JUDE BARBACK.

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    The cook, the cleaner, the carer... and the quals

    Employees at PSC Enliven Central’s Coombrae and Chalmers rest homes share with JUDE BARBACK the impact work-based training is having on their jobs and their lives in general.

August 2015

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    Opening our doors for healthcare work experience

    Director of nursing at Bethesda Care Dr NOELINE WHITEHEAD supports healthcare student placements and says the work of trained HCAs is skilled and needs to be recognised.

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    A typical day in the life of... Avril Grant

    INsite asks AVRIL GRANT about her job as head chef at Ryman Healthcare’s Charles Fleming Retirement Village in Waikanae.

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    On the bookshelf... Active Ageing

    BEATRICE HALE reviews Active Ageing, edited by Andrea Principi, Per H. Jensen, Giovanni Lamura (Pub.Policy Press 2014) and finds it has much to offer policy makers and social gerontologists on the under-researched area of voluntary organisations.

May 2015

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    Our aged care workforce – when will it become a priority?

    A new survey shows that while aged care workers love their job and value the training they receive, low pay levels, high workloads, an ageing workforce and an increasing demand for aged care add up to a concerning picture for the sector. How many more research reports and legal battles will it take for funding and workforce pay levels to be properly addressed? By JUDE BARBACK.

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    Typical day in the life of... Claire Roskruge, RN

    Christchurch-based registered nurse CLAIRE ROSKRUGE is a participant in the Christchurch DHB’s Gerontology Acceleration Programme and is involved in a restorative care pilot for older people within the acute service. INsite asks Claire about her journey into nursing and what she loves about her job.

March 2015

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    New quals ready for launch

    With the first set of new qualifications for the aged care sector ready to launch, INsite talks to Careerforce’s Penny Rogers about what the qualifications review process has identified so far.

December 2014

January 2014

  • Flexibility welcomed in interRAI training

    While there has been some controversy around the introduction of interRAI in New Zealand residential aged care facilities, St Andrew’s Village in Glendowie, Auckland, has discovered that a flexible approach to interRAI training has made all the difference.

November 2013

  • Influenza and the elderly

    DR HELEN PETOUSIS-HARRIS discusses why influenza outbreaks are more common in aged care facilities and what steps can be taken to prevent and manage an outbreak.

July 2013

  • On the soap box... Ray Lind

    RAY LIND, chief executive of Careerforce, voices his opinions on the need to implement integrated care and unleash the potential of the “unregulated” health workforce.

May 2013

March 2013

  • Up close and personal with... Leigh Kelly

    LEIGH KELLY shares the journey she took in establishing Clinical Update (NZ) Ltd and why she is passionate about providing training and education to nurses and caregivers.

January 2013

November 2012

September 2012