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28 Partyline July 2013 T he new Associate Degree in Dementia Care (ADDC), offered through the University of Tasmania (UTAS), provides an opportunity for the aged care industry to prepare for the expected increases in dementia in the near future and offers career enhancement and professional development for employees in the sector across Australia, including in rural areas. With the first of the baby boomers reaching retirement age next year, Australia is set to experience an explosion in demand for residential aged care facilities. In 2010, it was estimated there were approximately 180,000 people in residential care, of which 49 per cent had dementia. In addition there are approximately 52,000 people with dementia in receipt of formal care in the community. These figures are expected to escalate in the coming years with an estimated 1.1 million suffering from dementia by 2050. The residential and community aged care sector faces a critical shortage of skilled Personal Care Workers and Community Care Workers able to provide quality care for people with dementia. This crisis is set to worsen without affirmative action. The new Associate Degree course, which is less than 12 months old, has begun to contribute to filling this gap. It will provide significant opportunities to facilitate qualification upgrading for an existing workforce, as well as training of the future workforce. A DEMEN TIA COURSE FOR AGED CA RE WORKER S
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