Aged Care Skills Training Program

For Cooks & Chefs

About the Program


Older people deserve the very best food…Enticing, delicious meals that uplift and bring joy…

It will come as no surprise that Maggie advocates on behalf of the cook and chef and the need for specialised training/education and support from Management that we know can make such a difference to the lives of older Australians each day. 

The Maggie Beer Foundation has been running face-to-face training courses for cooks and chefs since 2014, providing hands on experience, peer networking and now are pleased to provide online training modules.

The Maggie Beer Foundation was established to improve the food experiences for older Australians, particularly those living within aged care homes. In fellowship with her Board of industry leaders, professors and health advisors, Maggie has made it her personal mission to share her innate knowledge of what good food can do for everyone’s state of mind.

Altura Learning has worked with the Maggie Beer Foundation to create this series of online training modules so that all cooks and chefs in every aged care home across Australia can access essential training with convenience.

“When the training is taken back into aged care homes, we have seen dramatic changes in the engagement of staff and the wellbeing of the residents. The creation of an online program will enable all chefs and cooks to gain access to the training.” – Maggie Beer





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Modules Overview


The Foundation is a vibrant, influential and an authoritative charity that will improve the quality of life for current and future generations of older people.

The Foundation is a credible voice in the community – our strategies are clearly defined and our programs are structured. We have also looked at the myriads of factors that can influence an elder’s life in aged care and recognise the link between food and its effects on their emotional wellbeing.

The Maggie Beer Foundation are now providing online training modules so that all cooks and chefs in every aged care home across Australia can access essential training with convenience. 

The Maggie Beer Foundation has worked with Altura Learning to create a series of 11 online training modules for cooks and chefs working in aged care that covers finger food, cooking techniques, presentation, kitchen gardens, high protein, texture modified food, indigenous foods, dining experience and maximising flavour.

All learners who complete any of the Modules will be eligible to join the Maggie Beer Foundation Professional Community, a moderated forum, and enjoy access to hundreds of aged care recipes plus be able to ask questions of Maggie, the Foundation experts and other cooks and chefs in the Community. 

Sounds like this would be a good fit for you?