Alino's new way to train aged care staff

Alino Living, the largest Not For Profit aged care provider on the NSW Central Coast, has developed a new staff training and recruitment program to improve its care.

With the help of Employment and Training Australia (ET Australia), Alino’s new program aims to address employee recruitment and retention issues, as well as giving young people a start in aged care, says Melinda De Luca, Executive Care Manager of Alino Living.

“In partnership with local training organisation, ET Australia, we have co-designed a program of aged care employment that is suitable for our organisation that identifies needs of our services and its participants."

“This program supports our recruitment process and will continue to feed our staffing pool year-round by offering a combination of theoretical training, work placement and traineeships for entry-level job vacancies,” she said.

The program starts with six weeks of orientation, followed by three intensive weeks buddied with a supervising work partner. Melinda says it will give new workers the skills they need to deliver quality care, and the confidence to use them.

“We are committed to providing a lifestyle that complements the many complex health and social needs of our ageing population and believe that by growing and educating our own staff, this can be achieved.

“We are committed to working with our staff to deliver an aged care service that is consumer-driven where the residents’ input is central to how we provide the best possible care,” she said.

Alino was born in March from the merger of Central Coast Community Care Association (CCCCA), Adelene, and Vietnam Veterans Keith Payne VC Hostel.

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Caroline Egan

DCM Media, agedcare101

Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

Ian Horswill


Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

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Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

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Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

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Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

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