The unions representing aged care workers have released a five-point plan ahead of the federal election in May, including a shopping list of demands for home care workers.
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Employer groups’ push for greater flexibility in contracts and rostering for part-time aged care workers has been rejected by the Fair Work Commission.
While much focus has been on the cultural and financial changes required under consumer directed policy reform, a survey of home care providers has identified some of the key staffing challenges presented by increased consumer choice.
Increased transitional support for the sector, new programs on key clinical areas, and measures to improve workforce feature in the Budget wish lists of consumer and professional groups.