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Patrick Reid appointed IRT Group CEO

The IRT Board of Directors has appointed experienced executive and company director Patrick Reid to the position of IRT Group CEO.

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The Joys & Challenges of Raising Children

As the school holidays draw to a close, and parents have already returned to the daily grind, you may have noticed a growing trend as you make your way around town. It’s increasingly common to see children out and about with their grandparents on weekdays after Mum or Dad’s annual leave has expired.

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IRT Academy a path to success

Australia’s rapidly ageing population is driving demand for more aged care workers, with the workforce needing to almost treble in the next 30 years.

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Parkside: a new era of connected city living

A final number of apartments at Parkside at IRT Pioneer Place, Wollongong’s new vibrant over 55s Lifestyle Community, have now been released for sale to the public.

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New Year’s resolutions are not only for the young

The votes are in, and the top New Year’s resolution for 2018 across all age groups is “to enjoy life to the fullest”.

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Frailty isn't the finish line

Did you visit an elderly loved one at home this festive season? If you haven’t seen them in a while, you might have noticed a change in their physical or mental wellbeing.

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This Year Spare a Thought for Christmases Past

This year, as children start making their lists for Santa and checking them twice, take some time to ask older friends, family and neighbours about how Christmas was celebrated when they were children. In a not-too-distant era, Christmas celebrations looked very different...

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Illawarra Residents Celebrate Christmas

Up to 400 residents from 13 IRT Lifestyle Communities in the Illawarra came together on Friday for one of the biggest Christmas parties of the year.

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Expo to Showcase Aged Care Employment Opportunities

IRT Academy students

IRT Group is holding a Careers and Learning Expo in Wollongong on Thursday 7 December from 10am to 3pm. The community-owned organisation has 30 job opportunities and 50 fully-funded training vacancies available in 2018 and is on the hunt for the next generation of recruits.

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IRT Showcases First Driverless Car for Aged Care

IRT's Pod Zero driverless car

IRT Group has launched a revolutionary new driverless car at the 2017 Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) Conference held on the Gold Coast this week. Designed for use in residential aged care communities, the ‘Pod Zero’ is an innovation IRT hopes will improve residents’ independence and quality of life.

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Mobile Phones Needed for Homeless Seniors

Gail from the IRT Foundation with donated mobiles

IRT Foundation is holding its first mobile phone drive this December! They’re hoping to get their hands on 100 mobile phones to gift to seniors in need this Christmas.

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Dalmeny Aged Care Planning Expo a Success

Dalmeny Aged Care Planning Expo

The Eurobodalla’s first Aged Care Planning Expo on 17 November was a huge success, with over 40 people attending to get expert advice on aged care assessments, wills and Powers of Attorney, home care services and residential aged care.

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Help Save a Life This International Men’s Day

Old man holding a small child

They say that women talk face-to-face and men talk shoulder-to-shoulder. But this International Men’s Day on 19 November, it’s your chance to tell an older man in your life just how much he means to you — face-to-face.

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Beryl & Joan, Naughty & Nice

Beryl & Joan

Beryl Butfield and Joan Jordan reckon if they were still at school they’d be known as the naughty kids who sit at the back of the bus.

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IRT Improves and Grows in 2016/17

Three IRT employees

IRT Group has reported another year of solid financial results in 2016/17; increasing its asset base to $1.14 billion and growing its annual income by 7% to $174.1 million.

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New Partnership to Research Future of Aged Care

Representatives from AHSRI and IRT

IRT Group and the University of Wollongong’s Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) have entered into a new research partnership examining the impact of ageing on the population of the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and beyond.

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It takes a village to raise a family

Grandparents and grandchildren reading a book

Do you have an elderly grandparent you struggle to make time for? Are you a grandparent yourself who’s still working or part of the ‘sandwich generation’ (supporting ageing parents, adult children and young grandchildren at the same time)?

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IRT Wins Ministerial Award for Best Image of an Older Person

IRT's award-winning photo of George Findley

A photo of 100-year-old IRT resident, George Findley has won the 2017 NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing (MACA) Media Award for best image.

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NSW Minister Talks Ageing with IRT in Wollongong

IRT at Home CEO Gy Wallace, Toby Dawson, Minister Davies and Sam McFarlane

NSW Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies MP met with representatives from IRT Group in Wollongong on Friday to talk about improving the lives of older people.

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Together We Can Create the Businesses of Tomorrow!

The Innovation Challenge has been an incredible journey so far (learn more at innovation.irt.org.au). Together we’ve created so many high impact ideas and we don’t want this conversation to end!

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Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence, Sod Turned

Artist's impression of the Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence

IRT Group has welcomed the turning of the first sod of the $50 million Bulli Aged Care Centre of Excellence in the Northern Illawarra.

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IRT Peakhurst Celebrates 25th Anniversary

IRT Peakhurst celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Georges River Lifestyle and Care Community, IRT Peakhurst celebrated its 25th anniversary today, with a BBQ luncheon for over 100 residents and guests.

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Dementia, you’re not alone

Faye Jones Twiddle Muffs

Do you or a loved one live with dementia? You’re not alone. In Australia, one in four 85-year-olds have a form of dementia. By 95, it's one in two. Because almost everyone knows someone living with dementia, caring for and treating those affected is a key priority for governments and communities. And increased investment in dementia research is starting to pay dividends…

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Topping Out at Parkside, IRT Pioneer Place

IRT celebrated a key construction milestone today, with a Topping Out Ceremony held atop the rooftop of Parkside at IRT Pioneer Place.

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Ambassador Program Wins Volunteer Team of the Year Award

Two Volunteer Ambassadors

The Illawarra’s IRT Foundation and Destination Wollongong were announced last week as the joint regional winners of the NSW Centre for Volunteering’s ‘Illawarra Volunteer Team of the Year Award’. The Award recognises the partnership’s highly successful 2016 Cruise Wollongong Ambassador Program.

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Kemira an International Award Winner

Kemira at IRT William Beach Gardens

IRT's Lifestyle Community for ageing people with intellectual disabilities and their primary carers has today won a Commendation for Excellence in Ageing Services at the Global Ageing Awards in Switzerland.

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Ageing in Australia, IRT Seeks Innovative Ideas

Guide the future, IRT Innovation Challenge

How can we revolutionise aged care and retirement living? That’s the question seniors’ lifestyle and care provider IRT Group is asking during its 10 week open Innovation Challenge.

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Over 200 Staff and Residents Get Stepping for Cerebral Palsy

Sixty teams of IRT Group staff and residents have committed to take at least 10,000 steps a day for 28 days to raise money for people living with cerebral palsy.

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Happiness and Hobbies

IRT Berala on the Park resident Michael

If you visit Auburn Care Centre, IRT Berala on the Park, you’re likely to be greeted by colourful paper maches created by 92-year-old resident, Michael Faris.

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IRT Woodlands in the Running for National Award

Sunshine Coast Lifestyle Community, IRT Woodlands is in the running for a national award that recognises quality retirement living design.

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IRT Macarthur Manager in Running for National Award

Rachel Cartledge

IRT Macarthur’s Lifestyle Manager, Rachel Cartledge is in the running for a national award that recognises the best village managers in the business.

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IRT Wins Employer of Choice Four Years Running

IRT Care Manager Ethan Bidner

IRT has been recognised as an Australian Business Awards’ Employer of Choice for the fourth consecutive year. The award acknowledged our gold standard workforce practices that maximise the potential of our NSW, ACT and Queensland employees.

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Age-friendly isn't just old-friendly this Qld Seniors Week

Queensland Seniors Week isn't just for seniors, it's for all of us. It provides opportunities for people from different generations and walks of life to come together — to share an experience, a conversation or a meal. To find out something we never knew, to be surprised and to restore our faith in each other.

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Why I Care About Homeless Seniors

Nieves Murray head shot

Recently someone asked me, why homelessness? Out of all the issues, the causes, the tragedies… why do you care so much about homelessness?

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Homelessness and seniors: Ana's story

Old woman

This Homelessness Week, we’re sharing real stories about older Australians facing homelessness. Here’s Ana's story.

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Homelessness and Seniors: Peter and Jane's Story

Man and woman holding hands

This Homelessness Week, we’re sharing real stories about older Australians facing homelessness. Here’s Peter and Jane’s story.

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Growing Cohort of Homeless Seniors Need Your Help

Homeless woman

This National Homelessness Week the IRT Foundation is asking for your support to help older people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.

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New Quality of Life Study with Illawarra Seniors

Dr Lyn Phillipson from UOW

Illawarra seniors who receive services from IRT at Home are invited to participate in a new University of Wollongong (UOW) research project supported by $40,000 in IRT Foundation funding and a UOW Partnership Grant.

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Illawarra's M2M Challenge More Age-Friendly

Nigel Button with IRT lifestyle residents

People of all ages will participate in Greenacres' Mountain to Mountain Challenge, thanks to a new short course being trialled by IRT.

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Hunt on for passionate individual to help make the Illawarra more age-friendly

Thanks to a grant from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, the Age-Friendly Illawarra Alliance (AFIA) is one step closer to making the region more liveable for older people.

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IRT to Innovate Indigenous Aged Care with $1.4 million grant

Older person and young person holding hands

National community-owned aged care provider, IRT Group has received a $1.4 million grant from the Australian Government to support cutting-edge innovation in Indigenous aged care.

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Help elderly loved ones stay warm this winter

Have you been struggling to get out of bed lately? You’re not alone. People everywhere are hitting the ‘snooze’ button to stave off sub-zero temperatures across South Eastern Australia.

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$18,000 invested in Sydney's age-friendly communities

The IRT Foundation has announced $80,000 in Community Grants for 10 community projects that will encourage social participation for older people in need.

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IRT’s Deb De Santis Dances for Cancer

Deborah and Caitlin De Santis

With the help of her daughter Caitlin, IRT’s Deborah De Santis raised more than $5000 for the NSW Cancer Council and took home the People’s Choice Award at Saturday’s Dance for Cancer event in Wollongong.

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IRT Foundation’s ‘Neverland’ needs your support

IRT Foundation today launched its annual Neverland Ball fundraising campaign to raise awareness of the issues facing older Australians and support older people in need.

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$80,000 Invested in Age-Friendly Communities

2017 IRT Foundation Community Grants

IRT Foundation today announced $80,000 in Community Grants for 10 community projects that will encourage social participation for older people in need.

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IRT Welcomes New Aged Care Places for Bulli

IRT Group has today welcomed $3 million in government funding to care for future residents of the proposed Aged Care Centre of Excellence at Bulli.

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A passion for palliative care in aged care

Care Manager and RN Olivia Decker

Ever wondered what palliative care is? IRT Care Manager and Registered Nurse, Olivia Decker tells us what it is and why she loves her job.

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IRT to help design seniors' housing of the future

Artist's' impression of Parkside at IRT Pioneer Place

IRT Group today announced that it’s signed up for an Australian-first research project to design the seniors housing of the future.

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550 volunteers love seeing residents smile

“Our volunteers just love it when they see the residents smile. They love it when they see them laughing. And they love it when they see the residents engaged and active.”

With these words, IRT Volunteer Coordinator Natalie Shipp sums up the satisfaction IRT Group’s 550 volunteers get out of helping others.

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Never too old (or young) to volunteer

Betty Gould, 96, lives independently at IRT Kangara Waters in Belconnen and enjoys playing carpet bowls and a weekly game of cards with other residents.

Neeru Rajendra, 15, is a Year 10 student at Burgmann Anglican School in Gungahlin who loves doing boxing and yoga to keep fit and learns Indian traditional dance.

Eight decades separate the two; volunteering unites them.

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67 years between scholarship recipients

There’s 67 years between the two recipients of IRT’s 2017 UOW Community Scholarship, proving the value of lifelong learning.

Two scholarships worth $9000 each have been awarded to 18-year-old Isaac Lambert, and 85-year-old Arthur Cowley.

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Kemira wins international innovation award

Kemira residents Christine and Narelle

Kemira at IRT William Beach Gardens at Kanahooka has won Innovation of the Year for Service Implementation at the Fifth Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards held in Singapore overnight.

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IRT Peakhurst first to try innovative care companion

Residents of IRT Peakhurst are the first to try Care Companion, an innovative system designed to keep older people, their families and their carers connected.              

IRT is conducting the trial for three months in collaboration with the developers, Checkedin Care.

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Elderly may be more capable than they think

IRT at Home customer

Easter and Anzac Day is a time when many families reconnect with ageing loved ones. During this time you might be surprised to find your parent or grandparent seems frailer… But it might just be a state of mind.

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Innovation key to aged care workforce challenge

IRT Care Manager, Ethan

IRT Group says innovation is the key to ensuring there’s enough well-trained staff to care for Australians as they age.

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The positives of pets

For the dog lovers amongst us, there’s nothing quite like a cuddle with your pooch when you’re feeling down. They instinctively know when we’re feeling blue, and reflect our mood just as enthusiastically when we’re happy.

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IRT Woodlands celebrates the completion of Stage 2 of development

IRT Woodlands will throw open their doors this Thursday, in celebration of the completion of Stage Two of development.

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Broaden your circle, and your palate!

Friends enjoy a BBQ together

Cooking and sharing food is a wonderful way to spend quality time with friends and family, but for some, it is a way of life. IRT employee Cass shares her love of Italian cooking and culture.

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Gardening brings people together

IRT resident Kevin Hudson in his garden

Looking for a creative way to spend time with grandkids, neighbours or friends? How about getting out in the garden together?

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The key to getting older, not old

76 year old Peter Webster kicking a football

Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting old. One of the best ways to ensure that doesn’t happen, is keeping fit and active as you age.

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Volunteering is good for you

Companion dog Tilly visiting aged care residents

Seeing residents with dementia come alive when they pat border collie Tilly is what keeps Yvonne Robinson coming back to her local IRT Care Centre after ten years of voluntary pet therapy.

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$5 Movie Screenings This Seniors Festival

Hidden Figures promotional video image

IRT Group is celebrating the NSW Seniors Festival by hosting two screenings of new release movie, Hidden Figures for its residents and friends.

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Up to $10,000 available for age-friendly community projects

IRT Foundation Community Grants

Applications are now open for IRT Foundation's 2017 Community Grants Program.

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Mature Workers Flock to Career Check Up Expo

An Expo participant and volunteer

Over 120 people turned out for IRT Foundation's Career Check Up Expo for Mature Workers at Wollongong Town Hall yesterday.

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Kemira in the Running for International Recognition

Photo of Kemira residents Narelle and Christine

Kemira at IRT William Beach Gardens has celebrated its first birthday by being selected as a finalist in both the 2017 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards, and the Fifth Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards.

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IRT's Board welcomes two new Directors

Aged care industry expert, Patrick Reid and respected Illawarra businessman, Peter Fitzgerald were today appointed as Directors of national seniors Lifestyle & Care provider, IRT Group.

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Our Secrets to Cruise Wollongong Volunteering Success

Two Cruise Wollongong volunteers

It started as an idea by 'two passionate boofheads' to connect older residents with a cruise ship visit, but three months later almost 500 volunteers had been mobilised to welcome 15,000 visitors from three gigantic Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

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IRT Welcomes Appointments of Hunt and Wyatt

Photo of Nieves Murray and Ken Wyatt

National aged care and home care provider, IRT Group has welcomed the appointments of Greg Hunt and Ken Wyatt to the Health and Aged Care portfolios.

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Join us at Illawarra's first Career Check Up Expo for Mature Workers

IRT Foundation will hold the Illawarra's first Career Check Up Expo for Mature Workers at Wollongong Town Hall on 15 February 2017 thanks to a Liveable Communities Grant from NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

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Hot weather safety tips for seniors

As the mercury continues to rise, it's important that older people take care of themselves and stay cool this summer.

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Confronting the need for aged care at Christmas

For those with ageing parents and relatives that live some distance away, Christmas can be a period when families come together and have an opportunity to observe how well their loved ones are coping at home alone.

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Bright Minds in Wollongong to Talk Positive Ageing

Photo of researchers from the University of Wollongong

More than 15 researchers are meeting in Wollongong today to share insights and plan for new research into ageing positively in Australia.

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IRT Chairman Bruce Allan Steps Down

Outgoing IRT Chairman Bruce Allan

IRT Group today announced that Chairman, Bruce Allan has stepped down from the role in anticipation of his retirement from the IRT Board in early 2017.

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Cycling Without Age in Australia

Two Cycling Without Age Trishaw bikes are unveiled in Canberra

The first Australian Chapter of a Danish movement designed to help older people feel the wind in their hair again was launched today by the Danish Ambassador, thanks to a $20,000 Community Grant from IRT Foundation.

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Long-term unemployed ready for jobs in aged care

Eight people who have experienced long-term unemployment will graduate from IRT College's Young@Heart Program today, with the hope of securing traineeships in the Illawarra's growing aged care sector.

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Ita Buttrose and Tom Tilley Talk Ageism in Australia

Picture of Toby Dawson, Ita Buttrose, Ellen Fanning and Tom Tilley

Much loved media icon and Older Generations’ Champion, Ita Buttrose today went head-to-head with the Gen Y host of Triple J's Hack program, Tom Tilley in an IRT Foundation Speaker Series event in Wollongong.

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Traineeships on Offer for CareerAbility Graduates

IRT Group has today announced that two participants of the successful CareerAbility in Aged Care program will be offered traineeships with IRT Care.

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Innovation key to IRT's strong growth

IRT Group has reported solid financial results in 2015/16; increasing its asset base to $1.1 billion and growing its annual income by almost 11% to $184 million.

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New aged care training program for people with disabilities a success

A pilot program designed for people with intellectual disability to kick-start a career in the growing aged care industry has been hailed a success ahead of the participants' graduation next week.

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The GoodLife

The GoodLife is Australia's first YouTube Channel for over 55s. It's produced by IRT Foundation to share inspiring ad-free stories about older people.

It covers eveything from encore careers, age-friendly exercise and cooking, to skydiving, salsa dancing and creative hobbies.

You can find new episodes from Season 2 online or enjoy all the action from Season 1, which premiered last year.

Tune in to The GoodLife today