According to a leading Australian economic think tank, the aged care workforce crisis has significantly deepened over the past year. In a new report, it's been revealed that an additional 30,000-35,000 workers per year are required to maintain bare minimum levels of care.
ACCPA Interim CEO Paul Sadler has told Aged Care News that many providers could be forced out of the sector without Government funding that will allow them to meet the increasing costs of providing quality care and support. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Less than 3 per cent of people with mental health conditions living in the nation's aged care facilities access government-subsidised mental health services, a new analysis has found. It's not good enough. People living in residential aged care deserve equitable access to public services.
On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we take the opportunity to assess how far things have improved since the aged care royal commission delivered its frightening report on aged care. And how far we have to go. ALARM is bringing transparency and accountability to the sector by providing aged care residents a voice so that their complaints are heard and interests are represented.
You or a loved one in residential aged care may have concerns about personal or medical care, being adequately consulted about changes to care, or be concerned about charges on the latest bill. You could also be concerned about theft, neglect or abuse. Here’s how you can raise issues with the relevant person or authority to improve care and support.
Post-election, advocates are keen for the new Government to initiate measures to alleviate the chronic workforce shortages in the aged care industry. Jason Waller, CEO of Intelicare, says that the role assistive technologies can play in charting a way out of the crisis should be given more attention. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
The Fair Work Commission is now considering a claim by unions to increase award rates in aged care to an average of $29 an hour. But that won’t fix the deeper problem - that heavily-feminised occupations are undervalued. Labor is promising to make gender pay equity an objective of the Fair Work Act.
Greens Party spokesperson for aged care and community services, Senator Janet Rice, has spoken to COTA Australia CEO Ian Yates in an online webinar about her party’s plans for aged care if they acquire balance of power following the upcoming election. BIANCA ROBERTS reports