Background to Janet's interest in Aged Care
developed a passion for working in aged care when she was the clinical teacher for
university students from La Trobe University, RMIT and Victoria University in
the late 80’s.
students undertook their aged care placements Janet observed many practices in
aged care that did not impress her and has led to her strong belief that the
elderly residents in aged care deserve better.
the view that management should take a lead role in making the necessary
improvements to deliver quality care and services to our most vulnerable
members of the community. Hence, Janet from the acute nursing background
decided to explore the work that was provided in aged care and found a great
With a view to making a difference to the aged care
sector, Janet started with becoming a Director of Nursing as she believes they
are the people leading the nursing care needs of our elderly clients in aged
How ALACC came to be?
In 1996 while working as a Director of Nursing, Janet was
approached by three international students who were desperately looking for
work for over 6 months and had become quite emotionally upset
Janet said she would accept them to work in aged care on condition
they undertook training in aged care. This was imperative, as Janet believed
that the elderly residents needed appropriately qualified staff to care for
them. Janet saw a need in the training in aged care and so started a sole trade
business called Professional Development Consultants.
The students requested Janet to teach them so after a day’s work
Janet provided formal lectures and placement in the aged care for students to
develop their knowledge and skills at all times under supervision. The aged
care course was non-award and free of costs to the students. The word spread
very quickly and soon Janet was teaching in a class of 10-30 students in her
own home three days a week including the weekend. For two years she continued
to deliver training at free of cost and the job success rate was very high. As
Janet had to pay bills she decided to charge a minimal fee to cover her
training costs and this continues to date. As the business grew, always with a
strong family feel, the name was to Lawrence Aged Care, and continued to
operate till October 2006.
In November, 2006 due to the high percent of students achieving
jobs with many going on to university to complete their nurses training, Janet
responded to requests from others interested in training and working in aged
care to become a registered training organisation and from there the name was
changed to Australasian Lawrence Aged Care College.
In January 2007 Janet eventually was approved as a recognised
training organisation teaching aged care and then moved on to other aged care,
community care and health care courses.
In 2013 Janet proudly announced the inclusion of the Diploma of
Nursing as part of ALAAC’s courses of study.
Janet has made an application in 2012 to ANMC nursing registration
council to include training for nurses who have left the profession to join the
‘Return to Practice’ and for overseas nurses to gain registration in Australia
to conduct the ‘Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses’. She hopes to receive approval after the auditing
process to commence the course in 2013.