Aged care training site to be based at Port Lincoln Aged Care Facility | Port Lincoln Hours

The future of aged care on the Eyre Peninsula has been boosted with federal funding to provide a training site at an aged care facility in Port Lincoln.

MP for Gray Rowan Ramsey announced on February 21 that the government is giving nearly $3.7 million to the University of South Australia to set up a training site, based at Matthew Flinders Home in Port Lincoln.

The training site will include a simulated resident room, clinical skills training lab, videoconferencing/telehealth facilities and spaces for student mentoring, tutorials and offices.

Mr Ramsey said the announcement was a “win-win” for local healthcare students and the area’s growing elderly population.

He said that in addition to nursing, the project would support students in areas such as physiotherapy, speech therapy and podiatry, with likely expansion into areas such as dietetics, physiology of the exercise and social work.

“Each year, the demonstration project will give dozens of students in nursing and other health professions the opportunity to study under supervision in residential and community care for the elderly in Port Lincoln,” he said. declared.

Nikki Meredith, CEO of Matthew Flinders Home, welcomed the announcement and said the purpose-built facility will further contribute to the development of nursing and paramedic services in elderly care for more positive health outcomes for beneficiaries. of care and the aging community.

“The expansion of the multidisciplinary rural health program, to enable the local development of a range of nursing and allied health placement opportunities, would allow the introduction of a structured student activity program to teach best practice in elderly care, funded on an ongoing basis,” she said.

“This will improve the range and quality of workplace learning experiences available to students and staff, providing long-term benefits to current and future healthcare workers, our organization and the wider community. aging in the region.

The project will initially start with 52 weeks of student placements in 2022 and grow to 288 weeks and 48 students from 2024 and beyond.

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