Blog

Category: Aged Care News
Selmar partnership with Better Caring

Selmar partnership with Better Caring

Friday, March 17, 2017

At Selmar Institute of Education we are always on the look out for opportunities that enable us to give our students the best training experience possible. When it comes to the aged and disability care sectors, we’re committed to improving industry standards and ensuring that we deliver graduates who are confident and capable of providing […]

Read More
What I learned from working in aged care

What I learned from working in aged care

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Working in aged care comes with many challenges, and many rewards. Here are just a few of the things you’ll discover once you’ve finished your studies and are in the job. You’ll be surprised just what you will learn!   Never judge a book by its cover Clients in aged care are all different. Not […]

Read More
7 Rules For A Safe Holiday Season

7 Rules For A Safe Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Working in child care and aged care, it’s essential to maintain the highest safety standards at all times, no matter how busy it can be. Every day you must take the necessary precautions to protect those in your care to avoid falls, choking and even the spreading of germs. But, seeing as we are heading […]

Read More
Simulation Laboratories – Practical Training To Build Your Confidence

Simulation Laboratories – Practical Training To Build Your Confidence

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

You want to work in aged care and make a difference to the lives of older Australians, but how on earth will you manage to dress an individual in your care or feel comfortable approaching someone’s bedside? This is where our simulation laboratories – or ‘sim labs’ as they’re sometimes called – give you the […]

Read More
Top 3 Reasons To Study Aged Care

Top 3 Reasons To Study Aged Care

Monday, August 1, 2016

If you’ve been thinking about a new career, you might have considered aged care as an option. To help you gain a better understanding of why working in aged care is so great, we’ve come up with our top three reasons to study aged care: Aged care is a fast growing industry As Australia’s population […]

Read More
Perceptions of LGBTIQ Community In Aged Care

Perceptions of LGBTIQ Community In Aged Care

Friday, March 25, 2016

As the glitter settles on Sydney’s 2016 Mardi Gras celebration, it’s incredible to see just how much has changed in the parade’s 38 year history. This year for the first time Malcolm Turnbull became the first Prime Minister to attend the event, whilst Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten went a step further – becoming the […]

Read More
The Last Chapter: The Different Ways We Say Goodbye

The Last Chapter: The Different Ways We Say Goodbye

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Grief is a very personal experience for each individual. It has no set pattern and will depend on a number of factors including cultural approaches and beliefs. There are different ways to say goodbye to family members and loved ones who have passed away. Some people have customs within their community that may not be […]

Read More
Getting Older With Iron

Getting Older With Iron

Monday, March 21, 2016

Although there remains some confusion and misinformation surrounding iron, we all know that this nutrient is essential for healthy human bodies. This is true for people at all ages and stages of life, including as we get older. Iron regulates a number of important bodily functions, including transporting oxygen through the body, maintaining healthy enzymes, […]

Read More
United Nation’s International Day of Happiness

United Nation’s International Day of Happiness

Saturday, March 19, 2016

There’s something special about a day that is dedicated to happiness, which is why the United Nation’s International Day of Happiness should be embraced. Coming up on Sunday 20 March, the International Day of Happiness encourages us to celebrate by creating positive connections with others and sharing happiness around the world. The pursuit of happiness […]

Read More
How To Celebrate Birthdays In Aged Care

How To Celebrate Birthdays In Aged Care

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Many will agree that birthdays are something to treasure. The day you were born, no matter how long ago, is a day to celebrate your existence, all you’ve achieved, all that lies ahead and (hopefully) the wonderful relationships around you. Working in aged care gives you an even greater appreciation of this as you get […]

Read More
Certificate III In Aged Care Is Now Certificate III In Individual Support

Certificate III In Aged Care Is Now Certificate III In Individual Support

Saturday, March 12, 2016

You might have noticed that Selmar’s Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212) has been replaced. We now offer Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015), and there’s a good reason for this change. Previously, the Certificate III in Aged Care was focused on providing care to older Australians, however, we have updated this to reflect that […]

Read More
More Aged Care Jobs, More Opportunities

More Aged Care Jobs, More Opportunities

Thursday, March 3, 2016

It is no secret that like many developed countries, Australia’s population is an ageing one. Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate that our ageing population can be attributed to Australians having fewer children and our increasing life expectancy. With an increasingly older population, the need for Aged Care workers grows too. Australia’s Aged […]

Read More
Mental Health And Ageing

Mental Health And Ageing

Monday, February 15, 2016

More than 20% of adults aged 60 and over live with a mental or neurological disorder, according to data from the World Health Organization. The data also shows that often mental health problems for older individuals are not being diagnosed by healthcare professionals, making this figure potentially much larger. The stigma surrounding mental illness means […]

Read More
What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You Before Your First Day On The Floor?

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You Before Your First Day On The Floor?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

We sat down with our aged care training staff and asked them about their experience in the industry. This time, we got them to reflect back to starting in the industry with “What’s do you wish someone had told you before your first day on the floor?” “That aged care would be the most rewarding […]

Read More
What’s The Most Touching Aged Care Story That’s Stuck With You?

What’s The Most Touching Aged Care Story That’s Stuck With You?

Friday, February 5, 2016

We sat down with our aged care trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. This time, really pulled at the heart-strings by asking “What’s the most touching story that’s stuck with you?” “When one of my residents was extremely upset one day as she thought that her son had passed away (which […]

Read More
Top Tips For Surviving Summer And Preventing Heatstroke

Top Tips For Surviving Summer And Preventing Heatstroke

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Even though it’s already February, it often feels like the warm weather is sticking around longer. According to the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel , older individuals are more prone to heat stress than other age groups because their bodies find it more difficult to adjust to a sudden or prolonged temperature change. They are also […]

Read More
Upskilling Your Aged Care Qualifications Is Easy

Upskilling Your Aged Care Qualifications Is Easy

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

As an aged care worker, you may be asking yourself “what next?” Here we outline common professional development paths taken within the aged care industry. Upskilling is a great way to stay ahead of industry changes and continue moving forward in your career. To support your career, both State and Federal Government invest in the […]

Read More
The role of customer service in aged care

The role of customer service in aged care

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Australian aged care system is moving towards consumer-directed care giving individuals more choice in their care requirements1. This means that for aged care service providers, customer service is more important than ever. It’s important to remember that customers are not only your residents but their families and local community as well. The notion of […]

Read More
What do you see? An Old Lady’s Poem

What do you see? An Old Lady’s Poem

Monday, December 7, 2015

This poem was written by an anonymous woman and since affectionately named by the aged care industry as the Old Lady’s Poem. The poem was found by aged care workers in a facility in Dundee, Scotland, after a resident passed away. Today, this poem is infamous around the world in aged care and is always […]

Read More
International Computer Security Day

International Computer Security Day

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top tips for computer security For International Computer Security Day, Selmar is presenting top tips for maintaining your safety while using computers. Celebrated each year on November 30, Computer Security Day was started in 1988 to remind people to protect their computers and information and raise awareness of computer related security issues. External surrounds Computer […]

Read More
Protecting the rights of older individuals

Protecting the rights of older individuals

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Human rights protect everyone in society. Human rights are particularly important in the most vulnerable, such as the elderly. According to the World Health Organization, globally one in 10 older people experience abuse every month. The Australian Human Rights Commission identifies certain human rights and freedoms particularly relevant to older people, including the right to: […]

Read More
The art of caring

The art of caring

Friday, November 27, 2015

Palliative care is the art of offering nurture to people suffering from terminal conditions. It requires sensitivity and compassion, and is usually offered by extraordinary individuals with a strong capacity for empathy. The focus of palliative care is comfort and dignity. It requires the ability and willingness to ease the discomfort and suffering of the […]

Read More
Recycling in your facility

Recycling in your facility

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Australians are willing recyclers with 91% of us agreeing it is the right thing to do, according to Planet Ark, a not-for-profit environmental foundation.  Planet Ark also found that 78% of employees say they feel good when their employer provides recycling services. Recycling is important for every home and workplace, as the financial and environmental […]

Read More
Sexuality and ageing

Sexuality and ageing

Friday, November 13, 2015

Intimacy is a common human desire, however, ageing can present challenges for those wanting to maintain their sexuality. Physical, mental and social changes can impact the sex lives of many older Australians. Despite these challenges, an increasing number of people are enjoying the benefits of a full and active sex life well into their later […]

Read More
Busting myths with Food Safety Week

Busting myths with Food Safety Week

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This year’s Australian Food Safety Week will be busting food safety myths with the theme for ‘Did you know?’ Held from 8 to 15 November, the week will clear up common myths about what causes food poisoning. About 4.1 million people suffer food poisoning in Australia each year, according to the Food Safety Information Council. […]

Read More
The confidence to act through first aid training

The confidence to act through first aid training

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Basic first aid skills can help save lives. Providing first aid until professional medical help arrives often means the difference between life and death. Depending on your location, ambulance response times can vary. On average, under 15 minutes. During that time, knowing how to help someone who is injured or unwell can affect the outcome […]

Read More
Fighting infection with hygiene

Fighting infection with hygiene

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Infections are a part of everyday life in any workplace. For those of us in aged care, infection prevention and control are a vital part of the role. Older individuals may not be able to fight infection because their immune systems are more vulnerable. Surgery and devices such as catheters increase the likelihood of infection. […]

Read More
Asthma in older people

Asthma in older people

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Australia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world1. Recently, the Australian Government Department of Health announced funding for a national asthma strategy. This new strategy will attempt to improve asthma treatment for all Australians, with a particular focus on treatments for older people. Up to one in seven Australians aged 65 years […]

Read More
Let’s Talk About Sex

Let’s Talk About Sex

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Last month in Melbourne, the inaugural Let’s Talk About Sex, Relationships and Intimacy as We Age conference encouraged the aged care industry to talk about older people and sexual intimacy. Organised by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and COTA Victoria, the conference was held on 8 and 9 September 2015. The conference challenged assumptions, taboos and stereotypes […]

Read More

Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Aged Care

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

More than half of all people in permanent residential aged care have dementia, according to a report released last month by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). For aged care workers, this highlights the importance of understanding the impact of dementia in all its forms. Both the certificate III and certificate IV in […]

Read More

Make an enquiry

ACPET NRT
Facebook LinkedIn Youtube
1300 223 040Enquire Now