LASA’s CEO Sean Rooney has described the current home care situation as “unacceptable in 21st century Australia” as the peak released a 16-point pathway to reform in the aged care sector.
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Enterprise bargaining has been an ‘abject failure’ in terms of improving wages and conditions in the home care sector, the Royal Commssion has been told.
Almost one in two home care workers have suffered a workplace injury, more than half have been abused and almost three quarters have been in situations where they have felt unsafe in a client’s home.
The first participants of a home care pre-employment program targeting Indigenous workers are set to graduate next month.
Teaching aged care services have failed to become core to Australia’s aged care system due to a lack of political will, writes Dr Kate Barnett.
Service providers in remote parts of Australia have formed an accord to drive efforts to support and expand the local aged care workforce.
The federal government has responded to one of the key recommendations of the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce with the establishment of a committee which will oversee qualifications and standards for workers.
There is little outright political backing for a bill introduced into the Senate to mandate minimum staff-to-resident ratios in aged care, although there is broad support to address the workforce issues it highlights.
The common claim that the aged care workforce is facing a “crisis” is not supported by the evidence, and stakeholders should move beyond using crude estimates for the number of workers needed, a leading researcher in the area says.
All existing indigenous aged care workforce specific activities and dementia training activities will continue, the Department of Health has confirmed to Australian Ageing Agenda, but other aged care specific workforce programs remain in doubt.
The aged care workforce will be the subject of a federal parliamentary review with Greens Senator Rachel Siewert securing support for a Senate inquiry into the future of the sector’s workforce.
Staffing has been highlighted as one of the biggest challenges facing the future of the aged care system in two research briefs from the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.
The ANF’s campaigning has been getting through loud and clear.. to nurses at least.