Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the voice of Aged Care, has welcomed today’s announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison of $34 million to establish a new Aged Care Workforce Research Centre.

The Centre will examine new ways to deliver care for older Australians and training and education for aged care providers, drawing on the world’s best practice.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney said workforce development is of critical importance to the future of the age services sector.

“LASA strongly supports responses to workforce development and initial and ongoing training and development of aged care staff.

“We need to work towards ensuring providers have the right number of staff, with the right mix of skills, to meet the different needs of every resident or client in their care. That must apply to every different type of aged care setting.

“This Research Centre will be well-placed to address priorities such as identifying optimal models of care that are linked to the aged care standards and determine the workforce skill mix and training such models require.”

Mr Rooney said the future for Australia’s aged care workforce is promising, and there are many career opportunities, working in either age services directly, or in the professions and trades that service our sector, where people can be challenged and rewarded, all while making a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

“Essential to this is appropriate resourcing of the sector that reflects the true costs of care and provides the capacity to train and retain quality staff. This means ensuring adequate industry funding and appropriate employee remuneration.”

“We have a dedicated and professional workforce of 350,000 who overwhelmingly deliver good quality care 24 hours a day, seven days week, year in year out, in over 3,000 residential care, home care and home support organisations to over 1.3 million older Australians,” Mr Rooney said.

“This is something our industry is immensely proud of and something our nation is very grateful for. We must build on this foundation to deliver a future fit workforce for our sector.”

Mr Rooney said it is important for the next Government to get on with vital reforms for the sector right now.

“This election is an opportunity for all parties and candidates to recognise that making the aged care system better is a national priority and one that we simply must get right.”

Read more about LASA’s “I Care for Aged Care” campaign here: https://lasa.asn.au/federal-election-2019/

 

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.

 

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