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The Shortage of Elderly Care Workers in Australia

The Shortage of Elderly Care Workers in Australia

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Aged care workforce shortages, exacerbated by COVID-19, are preventing older Australians from receiving care.

The Australian Aged Care Collaboration, a coalition of six aged care peak groups, has declared that the workforce is in crisis and has urged the federal government to intervene.

According to Sean Rooney, CEO of Leading Age Services Australia, the present issue has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 epidemic, but personnel shortages are nothing new.

Mr Rooney believes that it acknowledges that there is a critical need for worker assistance in aged care.

He added that since they need more personnel right now, they want them to be more trained and qualified, and they need to be compensated correctly.

If they can't accomplish it, their ability to address the requirements of the elderly individuals they care for is limited.

According to Mr Rooney, there must be both a long-term and a short-term strategy.

He admitted that the industry will need to significantly increase its staff in the future in order to handle the burden of an aging population.

However, he said that the government urgently needs a strategy to address the situation.

Opening the borders will not address the issue, and there is no fast cure, according to Mr Rooney. Instead, a multifaceted strategy is required.

What the AACC desires:

- Offer a competitive salary

- Provide financial incentives for nursing students to work in long-term care facilities.

- Develop a strategy for bringing in foreign employees to fill long-term and short-term openings when a local workforce is unavailable.


- Develop a pathway from high school into working in aged care


- Upskill enrolled nurses to be a registered nurse



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Etaf Alkhlaifat said...
CAN YOU HELP WITH THE PERMANANT RISEDINCY IN TASMINA? IM READY TO WORK AND LIVE IN TASMINIA.THANK YOU
28 February 2022, 11:04
Adekunle Fakorede said...
Great ideas to manage the crisis at hand. providing a pathway to those who would like to return to the workforce through short courses to upskill may be a helpful consideration
30 January 2022, 23:12

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