Workforce training needs to address social and emotional wellbeing in home-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care

Adriana Parrella, Jonathon Zagler, Matilda D'Antoine, Tina Brodie, Kate Smith, Aunty Martha Watts, Tameeka Ieremia, Graham Aitken, Alex Brown, Odette Pearson

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ObjectiveTo explore the training needs of the home care workforce in supporting the social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples receiving aged care services through the Home Care Package (HCP) Program.MethodsA mixed-methods design including (1) a focus group and interview with coordinators of HCP Program services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across metropolitan and rural South Australia in April and June 2022, and (2) a desktop review of training, professional development opportunities and resources for existing and pre-entry workforce addressing the SEWB of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in aged care across the Vocational Education Training and higher education sectors in South Australia, the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, the Department of Health and Aged Care website and aged care email alerts between December 2021 and September 2022.ResultsFive themes representing workforce training needs were identified: cultural safety, trauma-informed care, case management, compliance with funding rules and preferred formats for training. The desktop review identified a paucity of formal training, professional development and resources within the context of addressing the SEWB of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in aged care.ConclusionsThese findings suggest that ongoing practice-based professional development learning opportunities are needed within organisations to enhance peer-learning and support. These need to be available together with dedicated formal training programs and practical resources on meeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' SEWB in aged care.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Mar 2024

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