The aged care sector needs to attract people from other industries to help meet the demand for workers, a provider will tell an upcoming industry conference on workforce.
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In the forthcoming March-April edition of Australian Ageing Agenda we put the focus on nutrition, including how aged care facilities can improve the quality of the food they serve, pain management, workforce recruitment and retention and allied health.
Monetary and in-kind rewards, career progression upwards and sideways into other roles and a comprehensive education program are all useful tools for aged care staff retention, according to a study.
Findings will inform the new taskforce charged with developing a workforce strategy, to be established in July, says minister.
Despite continued growth in government-funded home care and home support, the sector’s full-time equivalent direct care workforce has shrunk by 19 per cent since 2012, official figures show.
The aged care workforce census shows the residential sector has grown substantially, with current recruitment and retention approaches “working well.”
From reforms to reviews, it’s been a busy year in aged care news, but it was our reports on the six-month saga over cuts to the sector’s funding announced in the May federal budget that most drew your attention.
Many aged care facilities are turning to casual staff to fill workforce shortages but new research shows this reduces job satisfaction among permanent personal care workers and increases their intention to leave.
Aged care providers are being encouraged to participate in two national surveys that aim to provide government with the latest information on the sector’s workforce challenges.
When it comes to recruiting new workers, thinking outside the square may provide solutions to meeting workforce demand. Two aged care providers tell AAA about their novel initiatives to attract people to the sector.
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.
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.
The delayed release of the Federal Government’s audit of workforce programs has stalled the development of a sector workforce strategy, much to the annoyance of aged care providers, unions and professional groups.
The next generation in home monitoring platforms, digital onboarding software for new staff and a mobile governance tool are among new applications and solutions that were launched in the lead up to this year’s Information Technology in Aged Care conference on the Gold Coast.