Samoan group bound for Australian aged care

Nineteen men and women from Samoa will make up the first group of workers travelling to Australia later this year to work in the care of the elderly.

According to the Newsline Samoa newspaper, the group has completed a 12-month course offered by Australia's Bradford Institute of Advanced Education.

The director of the programme, Vaaaoao Alofipo, said Samoa had been chosen for the training because of the work ethic of Samoans in the industry in Australia.

As Samoans were close to their elders, there was a huge demand for Samoans in nursing homes, he said.

A second course will start later this month and is already beyond capacity with 80 people signed up but only 65 slots available.



Photo Facebook/ Bradford Institute of Advanced Education. Caption: Students at their graduation ceremony