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Training for an Individual

If you work in aged care and want to learn the knowledge and skills to implement an innovative, evidence-based change in your workplace, the free Innovator Training Program (ITP) is for you.

Individual ITP

As an Innovator in the individual ITP, you will learn alongside a cohort of peers who work in aged care across Australia. You will come to the ITP with a specific problem to solve, and the ITP will help you to:

  • define the problem or opportunity;
  • adapt an evidence-based solution;
  • plan for implementation;
  • pitch to stakeholders and,
  • measure the change.

The training is delivered in ‘rounds’, via a series of self-directed learning modules, facilitated online workshops, and small group project discussions with ARIIA staff.

We offer three different delivery schedules to suit your situation. The overall time commitment is the equivalent of three weeks full time, and each delivery schedule is comprised of the same module and workshop content, with the same commitment from facilitators, but structured in different ways to suit you. Find out more about the delivery schedules at the bottom of this page.

Themed ITP

We understand that it can be difficult to identify just one problem to solve in your workplace. The Themed ITP is designed for individual Innovators who want to undertake the ITP but perhaps need guidance to identify a specific problem to solve.

In March 2023, ARIIA’s national survey identified three themes of most importance to the aged care sector.

The themes are as follows:

  • Innovative approaches to retain aged care workers
  • Customising tasty, nutritious and safe meals and settings for older adults
  • Building reablement capabilities in aged-care workforce

In Round 10, commencing June 2024, the Themed ITP will focus on:

Innovative approaches to retain aged care workers

Workforce remains a key issue for the sector.  Services and organisations are thinking about how to retain staff and ensure their ongoing engagement and capability. In this Themed ITP, the ARIIA team will facilitate an exciting exploration of issues and initiatives focused on implementing innovative strategies to retain workforce. You will have access to Australian resources and guidance round this topic to identify an evidence-based solution that will work for your staff. Take this opportunity to be part of improving the experience and skills of our aged care workforce. 

In Round 9, the ITP focused on: 

Customising tasty, nutritious and safe meals and settings for older adults

In this Themed ITP, the ARIIA team will facilitate an exciting exploration of issues and initiatives relating to how we manage food and drinks in Australian aged care. The focus is on delivering food and drinks that are appetising, nutritious, and safe, and meets the needs and preferences of the older person. You will have access to Australian resources and guidance around this topic to identify an evidence-based solution that will work for your clients. Take this opportunity to be part of improving the experience and health of older people in aged care.  

In Round 8, the Themed ITP focused on:

Building reablement capabilities in aged-care workforce

Reablement is an approach to care that supports ‘wellness’ by promoting independence and supporting people to achieve what they want to do. Reablement can focus on physical, cognitive, social, or psychological function as each may impact independence. It builds on people’s strengths (what they can do) to regain function. Reablement, therefore, requires a person-centred approach to care that acknowledges and supports individuals’ goals, values, and needs.   

Supporting older people through reablement can occur in a range of settings with reablement care delivered by a range of staff. Within this reablement ITP, projects might centre on the older person, the workforce delivering the service, or broader organisational approaches and programs. 

 

The Themed ITP will be delivered in the same format as the Individual ITP, however there will be only one delivery schedule available per round. The overall time commitment is the equivalent of three weeks full time.

Delivery Schedules - Individual ITP 

On the ITP application form, you will select your top 2 preferences for delivery. 
 

10-WEEK PROGRAM | 1.5 days per week, over 10 weeks

This delivery model will suit an Innovator who can commit approximately 1.5 days per week. 

The schedule for the 10-week program is based on three weeks of full-time equivalency (~110 hours, ~11hrs/week). 

Program Schedule

  • One self-directed module per week (approximately 30 hrs total)
  • Six compulsory workshops (12 hrs total)
  • Three compulsory project discussion meetings with Innovator, Sponsor & ARIIA Facilitator (1.5 hrs total)

Remaining hours are for: 

  • Optional support sessions with ARIIA staff
  • Time for internal consultation with your organisation, Sponsor and wider team
  • Individual thinking and writing time
  • Completing activities in your Innovator Training Program Journal
  • Drafting your Project Plan
  • Development and delivery of a Practice Pitch. 
3-WEEK PROGRAM | Full-time, alternate weeks, over 5 weeks

This delivery model suit an Innovator who can commit three full weeks, with alternate week breaks in-between to enable them to return to their usual work in between the training weeks.

The 3-week program is delivered across three full-time weeks, with a one-week break between each week. Modules and workshops will be delivered full-time during weeks 1, 3 and 5, with no formal commitments in weeks 2 and 4 (although some project socialisation and development within your workplace is expected during those weeks).

Program Schedule

  • Up to 3 self-directed modules per week (approximately 30 hrs total)
  • Six compulsory workshops (12 hrs total)
  • Three compulsory project discussion meetings with Innovator, Sponsor & ARIIA Facilitator (1.5 hrs total)

Remaining hours are for: 

  • Optional support sessions with ARIIA staff
  • Time for internal consultation with your organisation, Sponsor and wider team
  • Individual thinking and writing time
  • Completing activities in your Innovator Training Program Journal
  • Drafting your Project Plan
  • Development and delivery of a Practice Pitch. 
5-WEEK PROGRAM | Part-time, over 5 weeks

This delivery model will suit an Innovator who can commit approximately 3 days per week to the Innovator Training Program.

The 5-Week Program is delivered across five part-time weeks. It is based on three weeks of full-time equivalency (~110 hours, ~22hrs/week).

Program Schedule

  • Up to 2 self-directed modules per week (approximately 30 hrs total)
  • Six compulsory workshops (12 hrs total)
  • Three compulsory project discussion meetings with Innovator, Sponsor & ARIIA Facilitator (1.5 hrs total)

Remaining hours are for: 

  • Optional support sessions with ARIIA staff
  • Time for internal consultation with your organisation, Sponsor and wider team
  • Individual thinking and writing time
  • Completing activities in your Innovator Training Program Journal
  • Drafting your Project Plan
  • Development and delivery of a Practice Pitch. 
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Visit Key Dates & How to Apply for more information about submitting your application. 

ITP for Teams

Do you have a group of 5+ staff from your organisation who could undertake the training together? Learn more about ITP for Teams.