Hon Judi Moylan

Aged Care nursing scholarships for WA announced in Pearce

Fifteen Western Australians have been offered nursing scholarships in aged care for the 2005 academic year the Minister for Ageing, the Hon Julie Bishop, announced when she visited the electorate of Pearce today. “The scholarships are part of the Howard Government's $150 million investment in education and training opportunities for the aged care workforce, where specific initiatives for nurses are encouraging them to pursue a career in aged care.” “Thirty two aged care scholarships have been offered to people in Western Australia, since the scholarships were introduced by the Howard Government,” Ms Bishop said. Member for Pearce, the Hon Judi Moylan welcomed the announcement and said two local students – Ms Jennifer Jones, of Hovea and Mrs Janice Hackett, of York - would be among 15 Western Australians offered a scholarship of up to $30,000 over three years to study aged care nursing. “Aged care nursing is a challenging yet rewarding career. Nurses and personal carers are the backbone of the aged care sector. Highly skilled and strongly motivated aged care workers are the key to ensuring older Australians receive the high quality care, love and respect they need and deserve,” Ms Moylan said. “Today’s announcement demonstrates how the Howard Government’s aged care nursing scholarships are working to help attract aged care nurses to Pearce, and our unwavering commitment to helping more rural and regional students to enter and remain in an aged care nursing career.” Aged care nursing scholarships are available to people living in rural and regional areas, with 300 offered across Australian for the 2005 academic year. The new scholarships are part of the Howard Government’s vision for a world class system of aged care that delivers high quality, affordable and accessible aged care that meets the individual needs of older Australians. Funding in aged care has increased by 125% since the Howard Government came to office – now $6.7 billion annually. In contrast, in its 13 years of Government Labor neglected aged care, left office with a 10,000 aged care place shortage, failed to introduce national legislated care standards and refused to act when an independent report found nursing homes delivering poor quality care. Labor still has no aged care policy.

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