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Pharmaceutical Drug Addiction

Pharmaceutical Drug Addiction

Monday, September 4, 2017

We hear a lot about drug epidemics in the news, but taking a look at the facts reveals a number of surprising revelations. Arguably in recent times, there has been a focus on the abuse of crystalline methamphetamine, better known as ice. According to a survey by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) […]

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Caring for younger individuals living in aged care facilities

Caring for younger individuals living in aged care facilities

Friday, September 1, 2017

Working in aged care, you expect to work with older Australians. What you might be less prepared for are the younger individuals requiring care due to living with a disability. A Senate inquiry in 2015 found that upward of 7,000 individuals under the age of 65 with physical and intellectual disabilities are living in aged […]

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Understanding dementia as an aged care worker

Understanding dementia as an aged care worker

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dementia – as an aged care worker you are likely to come across individuals living with it, but how much do you know about it? Dementia is often associated with confusion and frustration, including for the families of those impacted, though there’s still quite a bit of misconception around what it actually is.   What […]

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Four Fresh Activities for Aged Care Facilities

Four Fresh Activities for Aged Care Facilities

Friday, August 18, 2017

While some aged care residents may be quite happy with their routines, many older individuals look forward to trying something new or doing something fun or interesting. As an aged carer, introducing fun or different activities into the lives of those in your care can be as simple or as complex as you like. Here […]

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Top 10 Films about Ageing

Top 10 Films about Ageing

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ageing is a fact of life, but until it happens to you it can be difficult to fully understand what it’s like. Can you imagine yourself in 10 years? 20? What about 40 years from now? What about your partner or family members? To gain some insight into the experience of ageing, aged care workers […]

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Aged Care: adopting and adapting to new technology

Aged Care: adopting and adapting to new technology

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  You only need to make a trip to your local supermarket to sense that the way we work, shop and consume is rapidly changing. A big part of this is thanks to automation – that is, the use of automatic technology to replace tasks that are completed manually by a person. In many Australian […]

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Aged Care Jobs Boom In Australia

Aged Care Jobs Boom In Australia

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A recent report from IBIS World on the aged care residential services industry in Australia has revealed positive growth in the sector – which this financial year is expected to generate more than $20 billion in revenue. The aged care residential services industry includes facilities that provide long-term accommodation or support to older residents, such […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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A Day In The Life Of A Home Care Assistant

A Day In The Life Of A Home Care Assistant

Friday, January 20, 2017

So you’re thinking about a change in career, or getting back into the workplace and looking for a meaningful and rewarding job? A CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) from Selmar Institute of Education might be just the starting point you’re looking for. With a range of job outcomes to be […]

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5 Reasons To Apply To Enrol Before New Years

5 Reasons To Apply To Enrol Before New Years

Friday, December 9, 2016

Now that you’ve decided to apply to enrol in an child care or aged care course at Selmar Institute of Education, don’t let your motivation slip during the festive season. With parties to attend, gifts to buy and family and friends to spend time with, it’s easy to push your goals to one side during this […]

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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 […]

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A Career While You’re Planning Your Next Move

A Career While You’re Planning Your Next Move

Friday, December 2, 2016

Deciding on a career can be challenging, and when it comes to committing to the years and financial expense of a university degree, the pressure to make the right choice can be overwhelming.   One in five uni students dropping out According to the Department of Education figures, up to one in five university students […]

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Top 3 Tips For Communication With Families In Aged Care

Top 3 Tips For Communication With Families In Aged Care

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Open and positive communication between aged care workers and those closest to the individuals in their care can make a big difference when it comes to your ability to offer the best support. Communication is important to gain a good understanding of the older individual/s in your care so you know how to best approach […]

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Get To Know The Selmar Campus In Melbourne

Get To Know The Selmar Campus In Melbourne

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When you’re planning your approach to incorporating study and training into your life, there’s a lot to think about. Heading on campus is one training delivery mode option that deserves consideration. To help you get to know what you’re in for when you head to our Melbourne campus, let’s get to know it a little […]

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Funny Stories Working In Aged Care

Funny Stories Working In Aged Care

Monday, November 7, 2016

Providing care to Australians in the later years of their lives is a meaningful and commendable career path. After all, ageing is inevitable and having dedicated aged care workers to take care of us when the time comes can be essential to maintain quality of life. From words of wisdom to run ins with technology, […]

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5 Reasons To Work In Aged Care!

5 Reasons To Work In Aged Care!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

‘Rewarding’ is one of the most common words used to describe what it’s like to work in aged care, but what are the rewards and who are the recipients of them? Aged Care Workers Make People Happy As an aged care worker your job is to improve the quality of life for your client by […]

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Flexible Hours In Aged Care For A Better Work Life Balance

Flexible Hours In Aged Care For A Better Work Life Balance

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

We all want a job we can be passionate about and enjoying going to. But we also want to have the time to enjoy our personal lives too. Of course, our personal lives are all different so what suits one person may not work for another person at all. So what sort of career offers […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What Two Aged Care Worker Qualities Do You Think Are Essential?

What Two Aged Care Worker Qualities Do You Think Are Essential?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

We sat down our aged care trainers and asked them about their experience in the industry. This time, we asked our close-knit team “What two aged care worker qualities do you think are essential?” “Compassion and caring, of course!”. — Karen “Patience and a good sense of humour.” — Sally “Empathy, compassion, flexibility.” — Cheryl […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Celebrating inclusion for people of all abilities

Thursday, December 3, 2015

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a global celebration proclaimed by the United Nations. Since 1992, IDPwD has been celebrated on December 3 around the world, showcasing the contributions made by persons living with disabilities in their communities. This year, the theme is ‘inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities’. […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Aged care trainer – Sherralie Franco

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sherralie has worked in the Aged Care and Disability sector, including Home and Community Care, for over eight years. During this time, Sherralie has found that her compassion and skills in the industry has encouraged others to seek similar roles. As such, Sherralie decided to gain her Training and Assessment qualification and help others to […]

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