The aged care royal commission’s interim report has put the government, industry and community on notice for significant reform to come, says the aged care minister.
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Aged care workers raise concerns daily about physical violence, low pay, staff shortages and challenges securing permanent work, the royal commission hears.
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.
Four out of 10 residential aged care workers are planning to leave the sector within five years because they are overworked, stressed and underpaid, a national worker survey shows.
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.
Employer groups’ push for greater flexibility in contracts and rostering for part-time aged care workers has been rejected by the Fair Work Commission.
The quality of care provided to aged care consumers depends on the quality of working conditions in an organisation, new research confirms.
A senate inquiry investigating Australia’s aged care workforce has been told that a portable entitlement scheme for aged care workers should be introduced to help tackle the sector’s retention problem.
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.
Mutual organisation Australian Unity has signed an agreement with the NSW Government to accept the transfer of the Home Care Service of NSW in a $114 million deal due to be finalised by early 2016.
A DSS submission to a Productivity Commission inquiry proposes enhanced skilled migration to bolster the aged care workforce, which has been welcomed by employers.
Two measures in last night’s Budget could have negative ramifications for the sector’s already significant workforce challenge, providers and unions are warning.
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.
There is mounting concern over the long-term future of rural and remote and Aboriginal-specific home care service provision in NSW as the State Government seeks to privatise its home care unit by mid-year.