The Aged Care Workforce Remote Accord – tasked with attracting and retaining staff in remote areas – has announced that Mr Chris Hall AM will step down as Chair on 30 June 2022, following the recent announcement of his retirement.
Chris will continue on the Leadership Group of the Remote Accord until the commencement of his replacement as Chief Executive Officer of Juniper later this year.
The current Deputy Chair of the Remote Accord, Praveen Gopal, will assume the role of Interim Chair from 1 July 2022. Leadership Group member, Ken Markwell, will take on the Deputy Chair role in an interim capacity.
Appointments for the roles of Chair and Deputy Chair will be announced in the coming months.
In a statement, ‘The Remote Accord would like to commend Chris on his work as our Inaugural Chair over the last four years. We acknowledge and warmly thank Chris for the significant contribution he has made in leading our efforts as we work towards an appropriate, sustainable workforce for people accessing aged care in remote and very remote areas of Australia’.
The Remote Accord is currently embarking on a two-year Workforce Implementation Project funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Health.
The Workforce Implementation Project will work with aged care providers in selected remote and very remote communities in New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia to identify and embed place-based strategies and initiatives to improve aged care employee attraction and retention.
This project will see the development of a toolbox of strategies that can be widely used by remote area service providers to improve workforce attraction and retention – improving service delivery within these communities.
A full-time Project Officer and a part-time Community Engagement Officer will be based in each of the three selected communities. These project staff will engage with local providers and community organisations, and work closely with the regional development teams that are being established by the Commonwealth Department of Health.
The Remote Accord works with the Aged Care Industry Workforce Council to promote and support the needs of aged care providers working with older people in remote and very remote communities.