The United Nations has identified the training and education of healthcare professionals and care providers involved in the care of older persons as a global priority. Singapore is no exception as it faces a rapidly ageing population. Older people have many medical needs of varying dimensions and their care requires a multidisciplinary healthcare team. The current status of geriatric education of health professionals involved in elderly care in Singapore is discussed in this paper. Important issues raised include the disparity between professions in the stages of development of geriatric education, questions on the adequacy of numbers and training of healthcare professionals providing geriatric care, as well as the need for geriatric education of caregivers.
The United Nations International Plan of Action on Ageing (IPA), formulated during the First World Assembly on Ageing in Vienna in 1982, listed gerontological education at all levels as a priority in order to meet the challenges of global population ageing.1 The Second World Assembly on Ageing held in Madrid 20 years later identified education and training of care providers, health professionals and older persons themselves as priority directions for governments.2 This paper aims to review the current status of gerontological education in Singapore at all levels and suggest areas for further development.
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