Have input into designing the Australian aged care workforce

The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council (ACWIC) has put the call out for organisations and individuals with an interest in the future of the aged care workforce to contribute to a new project. Professional services firm BDO has been appointed to assist with its delivery by the end of 2022.

The acting CEO at the Council, Ms Sarah McLelland, said that the project will identify new roles that will be required to deliver care that meets the needs and expectations of older people.

“Our aim is to lay out a plan for meaningful occupations with a long-term future. Through scenario modelling, we will be able to explore a range of potential structures for the aged care workforce. These different scenarios will highlight the jobs of the future and make viable career pathways more visible, which will enhance the attraction of the sector for workers and ultimately improve the overall quality of care.

“To inform the development of the scenarios, we want to capture input and expertise from the sector. We invite those who have the capacity to share their thoughts, through a series of brief online surveys.

While it’s important that we hear from a broad range of aged care providers, workers, people receiving care and others in the sector, we are trying not to further burden the sector during the pandemic. For those who have the capacity, there will also be opportunities to participate in further consultation through other media such as webinars”, she said.

The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council’s purpose is to provide a unified body to oversee, coordinate and sequence the implementation of ‘A Matter of Care – Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy’. This project supports the implementation of Strategic Action 4 – Defining new career pathways including accreditation.

To contribute to the project visit the ACWIC website here – acwic.com.au/working-together


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