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With 70.9 per cent of older Australians in residential aged care suffering from incontinence (Continence Foundation of Australia, 2019), an increase in nurse and care worker capability is vital and will provide huge benefits.

ACCPA CEO Tom Symondson said the course is crucial for those working in the aged and community care sector.

“Upskilling workers in this area will directly benefit older Australians whose quality of life and autonomy are affected by incontinence,” Mr Symondson said.

“Everyone wins by having a registered nurse or care worker complete this free training program. Older Australians win by having dedicated care in this vital area. Care providers win by improving productivity and having experts on staff. Finally, the sector wins by enhancing the standard of care for older Australians.”

With only 400-500 continence specialists in Australia currently, it is hoped that the program will help to relieve the strain of workforce shortages and see residents getting the care they need, sooner.

ACCPA developed the program to bridge the current knowledge gap and offer a standardised, industry specific approach to incontinence management. Additionally, the program aims to enhance prevention and management of incontinence and reduce the risks and associated costs of adverse events.

The incontinence micro-credential program delivers comprehensive strategies for effective continence management, encompassing an understanding of incontinence types and causes, assessment and care planning for continence management, and the establishment of care routines crucial for preventing Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis and related complications.

Enriched with expertise from TENA, the worldwide leader in incontinence care, ACCPA’s micro-credential modules offer unmatched quality and knowledge in the field of continence management education. With flexible learning options, participants can choose to complete individual micro-credentials or the entire series, with tailored pathways available for both registered nurses and care workers.

The free eLearning will also provide learners with a digital badge to acknowledge their credentials, ensuring the authenticity and value of their achievements are easily recognised.
This Micro-credentialing Program is part of the Queensland Government’s Good people. Good jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022–2032.

Further information:
Residential and community care providers, as well as individuals living in Queensland who are seeking employment or wishing to upskill can register for the program here.

For more information Queensland Government’s Good People, Good Jobs: Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022–2032 visit the website.