LOCAL TAFE TEACHER TRAINING CHINESE AGED CARE WORKFORCE

Monday, 18 December 2017

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands and Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall has welcomed the return of local TAFE NSW teacher Jane Chamberlain who recently delivered a specialist training program in China.

Mr Marshall said Tamworth-based Mrs Chamberlain had been one of two TAFE NSW teachers who travelled to China to deliver an eight-week Aged Care Core Skills Training Program at China’s CareTek Training School.

“TAFE NSW delivers the best practical and hands on training and this is demonstrated by not only the excellent work teachers like Jane do in our community but how they are also able to contribute across the world,” Mr Marshall said.

“Jane was involved in teaching 15 participants who undertook the course she was teaching from a variety of locations across China. It was a huge honour for her to be invited to teach in China and recognition for Jane’s expertise and experience.

“China is facing similar issues to Australia with an ageing population, only on a much larger scale and the challenges their government is enormous.

“This was a ‘train-the-trainer’ opportunity where Jane and another TAFE educator were teaching carers how to care properly for the elderly in China using a Western delivery mode.

“The topics covered include Communication, Health and Safety in Aged Care, Personal Care, Continence, Vital Signs, Behaviours of Concern, Dementia, Disabilities, Palliative Care and Health Conditions.

“Jane is a fine example of the wonderful contribution TAFE NSW makes not only to the lives of people in our community but also right around the world.”

Like many western countries, China has a large ageing population. It is estimated that by 2050, 21 per cent of the population will be over 60 years of age globally. In China, it is predicted that in 2020 there will be 248 million people over the age of 60 years and by 2050, there will be 437 million.

The TAFE NSW designed program aims for the delegates to share out their knowledge over the next five years with 720 trainers being equipped to deliver the education and 97,200 carers equipped with the skills and knowledge to deliver care to the aged.

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