Regulations need to allow for greater consumer choice in residential aged care so the industry can provide individualised care, the aged care royal commission has heard.
The three aged care peaks are setting up a new leadership group to oversee the implementation of the sector’s workforce strategy.
Service providers in remote parts of Australia have formed an accord to drive efforts to support and expand the local aged care workforce.
Long-serving aged care chief executive Ian Hardy has been appointed chair of the new committee tasked with reviewing the skills and qualifications for the future aged care workforce.
The former head of the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce, Professor John Pollaers, has been appointed Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology.
Australia needs to almost triple its aged care workforce over the next three decades to meet growing demand, aged care minister Ken Wyatt says.
The creation of a social change campaign to promote a workforce that currently feels “persecuted and undervalued” is among the recommendations of a key aged care workforce report released by the federal government.
The final aged care workforce strategy can be executed in one to three years but the industry should take action immediately, says Professor John Pollaers.
An industry-led voluntary code of practice is central to 15 recommendations the workforce taskforce has proposed to aged care stakeholders at a national summit this week.
A new aged care-specific body will be established to tackle longstanding vocational training issues in the sector, the Federal Government announced on Wednesday.
Establishing a code of practice, pay and conditions, and better recognising personal care workers are among the issues that sector stakeholders have raised with workforce taskforce, says chair John Pollaers.
The Federal Government has announced the focus and membership of the aged care workforce taskforce, with the omission of a worker representative drawing the ire of unions and Labor.