Aged-care careers take off
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.