Extract from an article by Natasha Egan
The Federal Government has announced the focus and membership of the aged care workforce taskforce, with the omission of a worker representative drawing the ire of unions and Labor.
When releasing the Tune Review in September, the government announced Professor John Pollaers would chair the multi-stakeholder taskforce that it committed $2 million to in the May 2017 Budget.
Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt told the COTA Next Phase of Aged Care Reform conference on Wednesday that the 12 members of the expert taskforce would develop a wide-ranging workforce strategy focused on supporting safe and quality aged care.
“Everything is on the table but there are only two things that matter, safety and quality,” Minister Wyatt said.
“The taskforce will explore short, medium and longer term options to boost supply, address demand and improve productivity for the aged care workforce.”
The taskforce’s terms of reference emphasise workforce planning, skills, supply and retention of workers, as well as cross-sectoral challenges and opportunities with related sectors such as health and disability.
The taskforce will also be expected to consider rural and remote workforce issues and and a workforce that can support the diverse needs of older Australians…(continues)
SOURCE: Natasha Egan, “Strategy to boost aged care workforce underway with June deadline”, Australian Ageing Agenda, 03 Nov 2017
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