Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of aged care, is proud to announce a joint venture with JMM International, to deliver top quality training to support the rapidly growing number of older Chinese people needing care.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney said Australian age services were highly regarded in China, where Austrade had identified major training opportunities, particularly in Guangdong, Guanxi and Hubei provinces, where an additional 1.6 million aged care workers were needed.

“This is an exciting collaboration that will help address a massive shortage of aged care staff within our greatest trading partner,” Mr Rooney said.

“LASA’s expert Australian Registered Training Organisation will provide training and professional development programs that will be translated into Chinese and modified where necessary, to cater to local needs.”

The Australian-sourced programs will be delivered by local trainers through JMM International’s registered Chinese company.

In March 2019 the first group of students, from a variety of provinces throughout China, were recruited for a Train the Trainer program in Guangzhou, in Guangdong province. As a result, JMM International now has 20 trainers ready to begin course delivery to Chinese workers.

Guangdong has a projected shortage of 650,000 aged care workers. The government of the neighbouring Guangxi province has also identified the skilling of the aged care labour force as an opportunity to reduce unemployment and bring prosperity to their province.

“The courses are of a high standard and offer in-depth training including in the areas of leadership and medication management,” said Mr Roonery.

“Senior Chinese delegations from Ximu Education and JMM International will also come down to Australia several times a year, working at the joint JMM LASA campus in Perth.

“We will provide opportunities for them to meet with both industry and government authorities to share knowledge and explore opportunities for collaboration.”

About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Our purpose is to enable high performing, respected, and sustainable age services that support older Australians to age well by providing care, support and accommodation with quality, safety and compassion – always.

We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 56% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 36% are for-profit providers and 8% are government providers.

Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.

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Contact: David O’Sullivan 0427 138 024 davido@lasa.asn.au