GOVERNMENT FAILING AGED CARE WORKFORCE

Unions, aged care providers and experts have used yesterday’s Senate Inquiry hearing to raise their concerns about the Government’s ability to address the aged care workforce crisis.
 

“How does the Government think it’s going to address the workforce crisis by continuously cutting funding for aged care?”
 
[TIM JACOBSON, STATE SECRETARY, HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES UNION, 28 APRIL 2016]
 
A unanimous answer from a group of aged care providers and stakeholders to a question by Senator Polley echoed this sentiment:
 
SENATOR POLLEY: Are you happy with leadership shown by the Government on aged care workforce issues?
 
“NO.”

[ETHNIC COMMUNITIES’ COUNCIL OF VICTORIA, DUTCH CARE, JEWISH CARE, 28 APRIL 2016]
 
Health Services Union’s National Senior Industrial Officer Ms Leigh Svendsen added:
 
“This is actually a workforce crisis that is going to slap us all in the face.”
 
[LEIGH SVENDSEN, HSU NATIONAL SENIOR INDUSTRIAL OFFICER, 28 APRIL 2016.]

Aged care workforce development is one of the biggest challenges facing the sector and is not an optional policy area for the Turnbull Government.
 
Labor’s repeated calls for the Government to show some leadership and develop an aged care workforce strategy in collaboration with the sector, to address current workforce shortages and future needs have fallen on deaf ears.
 
Here we are, almost at the end of the Liberal Government’s term, and they have not only failed to address this issue, they have tossed about the responsibility of ageing and aged care like a sack of potatoes and have broken every promise they made to older Australians, aged care workers and providers.
 
Labor is unashamedly pro-ageing and come election time only Labor will have a plan that will put older Australians first.