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.
Residential aged care could look to home care for retention strategies as a new survey finds community workers are more satisfied.
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.”
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.
Organisational factors, such as a supportive working environment, pay and opportunities for career progression, are the biggest determinants of whether older personal care workers will choose to continue working – far and above personal factors such as age and health – a new study has found
Candidates looking for work in aged care have more choice than ever and competition is fierce. AAA reports on what three aged care providers are doing to ensure they recruit the best people for the job.
A collaboration spearheaded by aged care operators to provide facility-based traineeships to mature age workers is proving an effective workforce recruitment and retention strategy.