Senior Australians living in remote areas will benefit from a targeted new initiative to support and expand the aged care workforce in their communities.
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the initiative experienced remote aged care providers and expert organisations taking up the Accord on the Remote Aged Care Workforce, part of our government’s landmark Aged Care Workforce Strategy.
The Accord group would provide a unified voice for remote and very remote age care services and was expected to meet at least four times a year. It was industry-led and recognised the unique challenges and the importance of finding local solutions to support a safe and rewarding working environment to attract and retain remote area workers.
“The group will focus on practical action, with the aim of supporting senior Australians to live close to home with the care they need, provided by people they know and trust, who are well trained and connected with their communities,” Mr Wyatt said.
Chris Hall, CEO of Juniper WA, is the Accord Chair and Praveen Gopal, Operations Manager, Aged Care and Disability Services at MacDonnell Regional Council, Northern Territory, is Deputy Chair.
Professor John Pollaers OAM, Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce, said the Accord would help lead the industry in maximising local workforce development and designing training and education experiences suited to people in remote settings.
Mr Wyatt said the Accord was part of continuing efforts by the industry, with the support of the federal government, to find new and innovative ways to provide services to senior Australians living in remote communities.
The Accord would complement extensive new government funding and places for regional and remote aged care, including $40 million for capital works and expansions, $105.7 million for an additional 900 residential and home care places for First Nations aged care, and the regional priority given to the more than 14,000 new residential places allocated in 2018.
The Aged Care Workforce Strategy included practical actions to grow the professional workforce and attract, train and retain skilled and talented staff to work in aged care services in a variety of settings.
For more about the remote accord and the workforce strategy, click here.