Aged-care ca­reers take off

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Hay­den Smith

AGED care work has emerged as a pop­u­lar ca­reer path among shire res­i­dents.

Skills and train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, Far North Train­ing & Con­sul­tancy, has been “flooded” with in­ter­est fol­low­ing the ap­proval of a multi-mil­lion dol­lar aged care fa­cil­ity at Moss­man.

When com­pleted, the 42bed cen­tre on John­ston Road is ex­pected to em­ploy 27 full­time staff.

“Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s Na­tional Dis­abil­ity Scheme, as well as in­creased train­ing and sup­port for el­i­gi­ble stu­dents, a ca­reer in aged care or dis­abil­ity ser­vices is rapidly be­com­ing a pop­u­lar choice,” said FNTC di­rec­tor Liz Ross.

“We’re find­ing that many peo­ple who are ei­ther look­ing to switch ca­reer paths into the health­care in­dus­try or stay-ath­ome par­ents who wish to get back into the work­force, aged care and dis­abil­ity ser­vices is the way for­ward.”

Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil has granted pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval to Stage One of the Moss­man aged care fa­cil­ity, which is ex­pected to open early next year.

The cen­tre, about 20 years in the mak­ing, will be op­er­ated by The Sal­va­tion Army Aged Care Plus.

“There is a dire need for aged care ser­vices in the area. Cur­rently res­i­dents of Moss­man and the sur­round­ing ar­eas are forced to travel up to 80km to get the care they need, plac­ing enor­mous pres­sure on fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als,” said Rohan McDon­ald, act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sal­va­tion Army Aged Care Plus.

De­sign con­cepts of the new aged-care fa­cil­ity com­ing to Moss­man.

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