Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST) has been recognised for outstanding collaboration in education and training across the State’s aged care sector, winning the Industry Collaboration Award at the 2013 Tasmanian Training Awards at a gala presentation at the Wrest Point Conference Centre.

The Tasmanian Training Awards are the leading State awards for vocational education and training (VET), recognising innovation and excellence in the education and training sector.

ACST CEO Darren Mathewson said the award was just recognition for the united and cohesive way the sector in Tasmania operates.

“This award doesn’t just recognise our achievements as the sector’s peak body, it’s also a fantastic reward for the hard work and effort put in by all aged care staff, educational and training organisations and member facilities over the past 12 months,” he said.

“Workforce development is absolutely critical to ensuring an efficient and sustainable aged care sector and we see it as a great investment in the future of Tasmanian aged care.”

ACST Workforce Planning & Development Consultant Lee Veitch said the Tasmanian sector placed great importance on information sharing and cross-organisational collaboration, allowing it to work towards and achieve common goals.

“At the end of the day, the number one priority for the sector is to provide quality care to our older population, and if the best way to do this is to share our resources and work as a united body, then that’s what we’ll do,” Mrs Veitch said.

“Our Graduate Nurse Transition program is a great example of this.

“Our member organisations right across the State work together to deliver this program, often sharing ideas, resources and information all in the interests of training up the next batch of aged care nurses to care for older Tasmanians.

“Graduates are exposed to various aged care areas, giving them experience across different types of nursing including high/acute care, low care, palliative care, dementia specific care, and in some instances community care and nursing duties relevant to multi-purpose health centres.

“We’re incredibly proud of the work the Tasmanian sector has achieved over the past twelve months, and we’re looking forward to the Australian Training Awards and hopefully gaining some national recognition for the incredible achievements and innovations currently happening in aged care in Tasmania.”
Robert Hill, Aged and Community Services Tasmania