Australians are being urged to reach out to people they know who work in aged care on Wednesday 7 August this year and help recognise the positive contribution they make to the lives of our older Australians and the wider community.

Aged Care Employee Day is a national day to say thank you to the more than 365,000 dedicated people who care for and support around 1.3 million older Australians who receive care and services each year.

“Aged Care Employee Day is designed to celebrate each and every team member involved in the journey of caring for older Australians,” said Leading Age Services Australia CEO Sean Rooney.

“From the nurses and care workers, to the cooks and hospitality teams, to the drivers, cleaners and laundry employees, to the volunteers, to the leisure and lifestyle officers and administration teams – this day is to recognise the entire workforce.

“Their dedication to what is a rewarding, yet at times challenging profession, in which they devote themselves to caring for others, is what sets them apart.”

Mr Rooney said the challenges facing the sector including major quality and safety reform, the ongoing Royal Commission, and increasing financial pressures, also places added stress on the workforce.

“However, as the Prime Minister has stated, the sector overwhelmingly provides good quality care and this is a credit to the calibre of the employees involved.

“We are calling on all Australians to celebrate and recognise their contribution on 7 August,” he said.

Aged Care Employee Day is an official day, registered with awarenessdays.com. It was initiated by aged care provider Whiddon in 2018 and is now proudly led and co-ordinated by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA).

Individuals and employers wishing to take part can find information and resources on the Aged Care Employee Day website here: http://www.agedcareday.com.au/

 

About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national peak body representing and supporting providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living. Our purpose is to enable a high performing, respected, and sustainable age services industry delivering accessible, affordable, quality care and services for older Australians.

We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 57% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 33% are for-profit providers and 10% are government providers.

Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.

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Media Contact: David O’Sullivan Ph 0427 138 024  E davido@lasa.asn.au