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ECU plays host to 2011 Aged Care Games

Thursday, 25 August 2011

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Edith Cowan University’s South West Campus hosted the Aged Care Games for the third consecutive year.

The Games, held on Monday, 22 August, were organised by Merv Mancer, President of the Bunbury Regional Branch of Seniors Recreation Council, with Robert Irvine, Dean, Faculty of Regional Professional Studies and Yvonne Farmer, Nursing Lecturer at ECU.

The Games attracted competitors from across the south west region, including Busselton, Manjimup and Bunbury.

First year nursing students studying the Health and Health Challenges for the Older Adults unit attended the games as part of their course. This provided students with practical experiences in assisting older adults during the games and promoting student learning in the area of aged care.

Ms Farner said the games were well received by both the older adults participating in the games, as well as the nursing students.

“The Aged Care Games are a wonderful event to host at our Campus. All those involved really do enjoy participating in the variety of activities,” she said.

“The games are organised by the ECU South West nursing program to promote student learning in the area of aged care nursing.”

Events included seated hockey, seated pass ball, bean bag toss and skittles.

Wendy Mills, Bachelor of Science (Nursing) said,

“The whole event was extremely good fun, well organised and had a great atmosphere. For those of us who haven’t worked in aged care, it certainly provided us with an insight into aged care and encouraged me to think about moving into Aged Care Nursing in the future.”

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