New HESTA aged care workforce research reveals the nation risks missing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build the skilled workforce needed to meet future demand if there is not an adequate national effort to improve wages and conditions in the sector.
The Federal Government's aged care plan is across a range of areas, including home care, residential aged care services and sustainability, residential aged care quality and safety, workforce and governance.
The Federal Government's formal response to the Royal Commission in Aged Care, namely its $17.7 billion package has been described by Catholic Health Australia (CHA) as 'a landmark moment for older Australians'.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says the $17.7 Billion for aged care in the Budget is definitely not the 'once in a generation' reform package promised by the Morrison Government and won't be anywhere near enough to provide safe, quality care for vulnerable nursing home residents.
The AMA is calling for increased funding to support and encourage more GPs to visit patients in nursing homes as well as greater investment in nursing home facilities to make it easier for GPs to deliver the care that people in nursing homes deserve.