DAY 539: WHERE IS THE AGED CARE WORKFORCE STOCKTAKE?

The last sitting day of the year is not ending very well for the Abbott/Turnbull Government - they are at each other’s throats, Mal Brough is hanging by a thread and we’re still waiting for the stocktake of Government funded aged care workforce initiatives promised over 18 months ago.

It’s day 539 and there is still no news for Australia’s aged care workforce.

Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shayne Neumann said that Labor’s calls on Minister Sussan Ley to release the stocktake and to get on with developing a coherent strategy have fallen on deaf ears.      

“The Abbott/Turnbull Government’s failure to produce a plan to deal with the critical shortages of aged care workers is putting older Australians, workers and the sector at risk,” Mr Neumann said.

“We need to see greater investment in ensuring the sector has the right mix of services, an appropriately skilled and qualified workforce and ample opportunities for older Australians to be productive for as long as possible.”

“The ageing of our population and the significant shortage in the aged care and services workforce cannot continue to be ignored by the Abbott/Turnbull Government,” Senator Polley said.

“The Government has got to start taking some leadership on aged care to ensure we can meet the needs of our ageing population now and into the future,” Senator Polley said.

If older Australians are to live well and in place they need appropriate support and services.