Are you a carer interested in free aged care training? Government-backed education packages are now available online

Free education packages developed by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania, delivered through Equip Aged Care Learning Packages, and commissioned by the Department of Health and Aged Care, are now available. 

The packages are designed to educate carers, personal care workers, nurses, allied health professionals and volunteers working in aged care about a range of topics, including:   

  • the Australian Aged Care System 
  • exploring the role of Nurses, Personal Care Workers, and Allied Health 
  • professionals working in aged care 
  • the Aged Care Quality Standards 
  • supporting people living with dementia 
  • palliative and end-of-life care 
  • person-centred care 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness 
  • trauma-informed care 
  • promoting mental health and wellbeing 
  • cross cultural awareness 
  • oral health promotion 
  • prevention of falls 
  • wound management and pressure injury prevention 
  • hearing health 

Each module takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed from a phone, tablet, or computer.  

A free, downloadable certificate is available on completion of each module, and an additional certificate is available when all modules are complete.  

You can find out more on the Equip Aged Care Learning Packages website.   

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A special thanks to our contributors

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

DCM Media, agedcare101

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.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.