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Welcome to ACST

Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST) is the leading peak organisation for aged care services, community care services and retirement villages in Tasmania.

ACST provides members with leadership, advocacy and an expanding knowledge base from which to draw information to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing industry.

Our members are the services providers who offer aged care in the community and within aged care homes. In Australia aged care services are operated by charitable, religious and community organisations, private businesses and state and local governments have been delivering quality services with skill, dedication and compassion for over 100 years.

Are you interested in working in the Aged Services Sector?

- Are you looking for a secure and rewarding career?

- Do you want to be a part of a growing industry?

- Would you like to make a difference to the life of an older person?

If you've answered yes to these questions, then this unique career opportunity is for you!

On behalf of the aged services sector in Tasmania, Aged & Community Services Tasmania is seeking Expressions of Interest from people who would like to be included on an 'Industry Employment Register', providing you with the opportunity to commence a career in the Aged Services Sector.

If you would like to work in a Care/Support Role or in the 'Support Service Areas' (e.g. kitchen, laundry, cleaning maintenance) in either a residential or community setting, then here is your chance. There will be two streams to the Employment Register - one for those who already hold the required qualification (Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate III in Home & Community Care or Cert II/III in Health Support Service) and one for those who will need to undertake a qualification as part of their employment.

Information sessions will be held across Tasmania.

National Open Day 2015

On 19 June 2015 ACSA members and the wider aged care sector in Australia will join with sister organisations in the United Kingdom, Malta, South Africa and other countries to promote and showcase the work of aged care providers.

This is the second year Australia has participated in the Open Day celebrations and family, friends and members of local communities are invited.

Open Day is the opportunity for aged care service providers to open their doors to their local community. Residential care facilities, community care providers, retirement villages provide care to 1 million Australians every year but people in the wider community are not always aware of what services are available.

For more information on how to get involved in National Open Day, visit nationalopenday.com.au.

2015 ACSA/IAHSA Conference - Perth

Aged & Community Services Australia is delighted to have won the bid to co-host the IAHSA International Conference in 2015.

The IAHSA-ACSA 11th Biannual International Conference - Global Communities Coming Together will take place in Perth from 31 August to 4 September 2015.

This event, significantly, marks IAHSA's 11th Biannual International Conference and ASCA's 40th anniversary.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CONFERENCE

2014 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards

Winners and Highly Commended recipients for the 2014 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards were:

Aged Care Organisation Award (sponsored by Millingtons)

WINNER - The District Nurses

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Emmerton Park

Aged Care Professional Award (sponsored by AETS)

WINNER - Skye Bowron, Glenview Community Services

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Sharon Lovell, Alzheimer's Australia (Tas)

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Cassie Hinz, St Ann's Homes

Volunteer Contribution Award (sponsored by Prime Times)

WINNER - Garth Murphy, Meercroft Care

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Diana Clark, Huon Eldercare

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Terry Harriss, South Eastern Community Care

Education and Training Award (sponsored by Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre)

WINNER - Sharon Butterworth, The Salvation Army - Barrington Lodge

Can Do Community Award (sponsored by AON Risk Solutions)

WINNER - Huon Eldercare Auxiliaries

Media, Marketing & Engagement Award (sponsored by The Senior Tasmania)

WINNER - OneCare

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Emmerton Park

Thank you again to our Major Sponsor HESTA for their generous ongoing support of the Tasmanian Aged Care Awards.

Click here to view photos from the event.

RedUSe program

RedUSe (Reducing use of sedatives) is an innovative UTAS-led project aiming to reduce the use of sedatives in aged care facilities.

The program will be implemented in partnership with the Department of Health and Ageing, the National Prescribing Service, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Bupa, Southern Cross Care and independent aged care organisations.

RedUSe extensively researched the way psychotropic medicines are prescribed in aged care and used this information to shape an intervention study to reduce the use of sedatives in 25 aged care facilities in Hobart.

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