Wesley Mission to close three facilities due to workforce constraints

As reported today by ABC News, Wesley Mission has announced the closure of its three facilities in Sylvania, Carlingford, and Narrabeen due to workforce constraints. The decision comes in response to challenges in attracting and retaining staff, which Wesley Mission cites as difficulties in meeting the new federal government staffing requirements for aged care facilities.

The federal government has set a self-imposed target of having registered nurses on duty in aged care homes 24/7 by July 1, as part of its national reforms to improve the quality of care. However, Wesley Mission, as a smaller provider with just three aged care locations, has found it challenging to meet these requirements, resulting in the decision to close its facilities. Inside Ageing’s Aged Care Industry Survey is currently asking the sector to comment on Business Pressures (inc staffing) impacting their operations, with the results to be revealed shortly in a report – share your views here.

Nearly 200 residents and their families will be affected by the closures, but Wesley Mission has stated that it will not shut the facilities until suitable accommodation has been found for all residents. The not-for-profit has also appointed MyCarePath, a specialised aged care placement service, to assist residents in finding new accommodation.

The Department of Health and Aged Care has stated that aged care providers have a responsibility to ensure residents are appropriately relocated and accommodated in suitable facilities. Wesley Mission had previously closed its Tebbutt facility in Dundas last year due to the inability to carry out necessary building works, citing increasing challenges in providing amenities that meet residents’ needs.


  1. How much of the money is spent on the CEO’s salary and the admin costs? I worked in the Aged Care sector for 32years and little has changed!

  2. Many EENs are highly qualified, highly trained and highly skilled to do the job of an RN. For many years we are looked down upon and still do; our pay rates are up to $30.00 less than an RN but only a few dollars different to an AIN or PCA in some cases. If we hold a post grad qualification, we are still paid less that a 1st year RN. I am not saying that EENs should replace RNs; I want to make known that there is a whole level of educated, trained and caring nursing workforce that no one discusses their potential. Although my last permanent job, I was a very valued member of staff, previous jobs, I and my EEN colleagues were “Just EENs”. I know we are much more and could do more. Just my opinion


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