Short courses to explore in the aged care sector

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

If you have time on your hands that you would like to make the most of, or you want to gain extra knowledge and skills to ensure you can deliver the highest quality aged care possible, a short course could be right for you.

As well as benefitting employees and those they provide care for, short courses also enhance the way an organisation is run making it a worthwhile investment for employers. If upskilling without the commitment of a Certificate or Diploma sounds appealing for you right now, it’s time to consider short courses.

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Short courses: benefits for everyone in the aged care sector

Short courses optimise an aged care worker’s ability to provide the highest possible standard of care in the workplace. Plus, if you are an employer in the aged care sector, it is well worth considering presenting your employees with short course opportunities to reap the rewards for your employees, your organisation and for those you provide care for.

Here’s what you can expect when you complete a short course:

Keep skills up to date

Staying on top of crucial skills around infection control and first aid is essential in aged care. Keeping those skills up to date means being proactive about delivering the highest standard of aged care.

Enhance job satisfaction

Employees who feel valued, as when employers support them in upskilling, are more likely to do their best work and feel higher levels of job satisfaction. This means improved staff retention and increased productivity in the workplace. Short courses can also offer a renewed passion for your sector, inspiring aged care workers to feel motivated to bring their latest knowledge to their work.

Keep everyone safe at work

Short course qualifications help aged care professionals be confident about how to do things the right way. You will reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace and keep staff and clients safe in aged care settings.

Enhance job satisfaction

Employees who feel valued, as when employers support them in upskilling, are more likely to do their best work and feel higher levels of job satisfaction. This means improved staff retention and increased productivity in the workplace. Short courses can also offer a renewed passion for your sector, inspiring aged care workers to feel motivated to bring their latest knowledge to their work.

Stand out in the job market

During the aged care job application process, it helps when you can stand out for the right reasons. There is no doubt that having qualifications via a short course in areas such as first aid or infection control will give you an advantage in the job application process. Plus, offering short course opportunities to potential employees is a great way to attract quality aged care workers to your organisation.

Aged care short courses to consider

We offer three valuable short course options that will enhance the way you approach your role in the aged care workforce. Infection control, first aid or assisting clients with medication can be explored through a short course, so learn more about them to decide which is right for you.

Assist Clients with Medication

Through this short course, aged care workers can develop the competencies required to support clients with the healthy functioning of their bodies and administer their required medications.

Personalised care that ensures the safety and wellbeing of the elderly is vital and this skill set incorporates topics includes the recognition of healthy functions, understanding medication terminology, the legal framework around the administration of medication and your responsibilities in supporting ageing individuals with their medications.

Learn more about the short course Assist Clients with Medication here.

Infection control short courses

Infection control is vital in aged care and the Covid-19 pandemic shone a light on just how impactful it can be across every sector, particularly aged care.

Those who are receiving aged care are among the most vulnerable in our communities and are often more susceptible to illness and infection. They might have compromised immune systems or other conditions that put them at greater risk of serious illness or even death when it comes to flu or Covid-19 as well as pneumonia, skin infections, urinary tract infections or gastrointestinal infections.

An infection control short course can equip learners with the skills needed to follow policies and procedures within aged care organisations that can prevent illness and infection, and/or minimise their spread.

Selmar infection control short courses will ensure that aged care workers have the necessary know-how to implement appropriate precautions and respond to infection risks in the workplace according to sector best practice:

Infection Control Skill Set

This skill set provides the skills to follow organisational infection prevention and control policies and procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks in the workplace.

Cross-sector Infection Control Skill Set

This skill set addresses the skills and knowledge required to undertake work activities in compliance with organisational procedures that prevent and control infection.

Infection Control Skill Set (Food Handling)

This skill set is tailored for organisations where food handling is part of their operations, providing the skills to follow organisational infection prevention and control policies and procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks in the workplace.

More information on our infection control short courses here.

First aid courses for aged care

Having the knowledge and skills to manage existing conditions, treat injuries and responding appropriately to any situation that requires medical attention are vital skills for those working in the aged care sector. First aid qualifications in aged care can minimise risk and injury, and even save lives.

First aid qualifications cover three distinct areas: general first aid, anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma management. The first aid short courses delivered at Selmar are nationally recognised and hands-on, ensuring those in the aged care sector have the practical skills to apply first aid knowledge when the time comes to use it.

Provide CPR

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.

Provide first aid

This course will give you the skills and knowledge required to provide first aid response, life support, management of casualties, the incident and other first aiders, in a range of situations, including in the home, workplace or within the community, until the arrival of medical or other assistance.

For more information about our first aid short courses click here.

Long-lasting outcomes via short courses

A short course could take you as little as a few hours to complete, but this doesn’t mean the impact of these qualifications is short-lived. For maximum results for your career, knowledge and skills in a short period of time, a short course could be just what you need to enhance your aged care career.

 

To find the right short course for you to get the most from, speak with the Selmar team today.

 

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