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.
Two new quals for healthcare assistants23 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.
Opinion: Communication workshop in aged care sector an astounding success27 May 2015
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector* HON JO GOODHEW is impressed by *Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital’s efforts to improve social integration of migrants through its volunteer programme.
Findings of NZ Aged Care Workforce Survey released28 April 2015
Low wages, high workloads and stress outweigh the love of the job for New Zealand’s aged care workforce.
"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.
Spotlight on older women in employment22 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.
Person-centred care a key focus at NZACA conference21 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 itself30 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 looms5 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 track23 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 conference6 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.
Adapting to changing media needs
Media trainer PETE BURDON says retirement village operators and aged care providers must adapt to the changing needs of digital news media.
Dealing with dementia: the need for education and support
Dementia education sessions have been held for more than 450 health professionals across the South Island during the past 12 months as part of a Primary Care Dementia Education project.
Removing cultural barriers to palliative care
Mercy Hospice’s Cultural Care Project is helping to address the common barriers preventing families from accessing timely, culturally appropriate palliative care.
Easing culture shock: helping new migrant staff get settled
INsite recently published an article on the importance of migrant workers to New Zealand’s aged care sector. Here, Skilled Migrant Business Advisor LISA BURDES discusses how employers can help new migrant staff settle into work and life in New Zealand, and Canterbury in particular.
Indian nurses as caregivers in New Zealand: “I would not have come”
NYEMUDZAI ESTHER NGOCHA-CHADEROPA shares the stories of four Indian nurses working as caregivers in New Zealand residential aged care facilities. Their experiences – at times distressing – differ significantly from their expectations of life and work in New Zealand.
Case study: Falls Prevention Programme
One aged care provider’s initiative to reduce the number of falls by residents is proving very successful.
Upcoming new programme to reduce risk of falls
ACC’s GILL HALL discusses a new programme to support initiatives aimed at reducing falls for older New Zealanders.
A day in the life of… Karla Gounder
Caring in a compassionate and authentic way for our elderly who find themselves in the hospital wing of a residential aged care facility takes a special sort of person. INsite talks to KARLA GOUNDER, a healthcare assistant at Enliven’s Woburn Home in Lower Hutt.
Our aged care workforce: should we be looking abroad or under our noses?
Migrant workers comprise a significant and growing chunk of New Zealand’s aged care workforce. But with global competition at play, what should we be doing to make our aged care roles more appealing for people both from overseas and in New Zealand?
HET-Careerforce merger good news for aged care
The merger between the Health Ed Trust and Careerforce looks set to strengthen workplace training for the aged care sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best practice: Training and staff development
JUDE BARBACK talks to four organisations that are seeing results with changes they have made to their approaches to training and staff development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blended learning the way forward
CAROLINE BARTLE discusses the advantages of a blended learning approach for training in the home-based support service sector.
Up close and personal with... Rotha Keo
INsite asks Cambodian nurse, Rotha Keo, about her reflections on her three-week visit to New Zealand.
The long road to literacy
A recent Close Up report hailed aged care workers for doing ‘God’s work’ for very little financial reward, but can God’s work really be done by people struggling to read clients’ charts or give out medications? JUDE BARBACK reports.
Conference Report: 2012 Retirement Villages Association Conference, 25-27 June, Wellington
This year’s RVA conference was all about forward-thinking and fun.