AUDIO: Attracting a skilled aged care workforce to meet the demands of an ageing population is the biggest challenge facing the sector and the issue has been poorly addressed by successive governments, said Sue Macri, former associate commissioner at the Productivity Commission and aged care consultant.
Speaking to the NEWSROOM at the Leading Age Services Australia National Congress last week Ms Macri said that workforce issues were being “swept under the carpet” in terms of addressing both the sheer numbers and the expertise required in the future. She said the industry needed to get better at marketing itself as an attractive place to work with significant career opportunities rather than perpetuating the image of an under-resourced sector.
She told the NEWSROOM:
- The recommendations in the PC’s Caring for Older Australians 2011 report were cherry-picked by government and the opportunity to move to a free market has been missed;
- New rules for paying accommodation charges have made the system more complex for consumers and providers and will need to be refined;
- Governments have failed to address the sector’s workforce issues in a comprehensive and substantial way.
Click below to hear Ms Macri speak to AAA’s Linda Belardi:
Ms Macri also discussed the key messages from her presentation on harnessing technology to deliver greater efficiency and as an workforce attraction strategy: