A Government Taskforce explicitly established to review the aged care workforce, has excluded representatives of the aged care workforce.
It has been almost six months since the $1.9 million Aged Care Workforce Taskforce was announced in the 2017 Budget.
Taskforce members finally announced today include aged care providers, consumers, department officials, special ageing interest groups and academics – but no representatives of the aged care workforce.
The deliberate snub of unions that represent registered and enrolled nurses, personal care workers and other health professionals that provide care to older Australians completely undermines the legitimacy of the Taskforce.
The aged care workforce is expected to increase by 300 per cent in the next 30 years to provide for our ageing population, but without workers at the table it is hard to see how this Taskforce will provide any genuine outcomes.
Labor welcomed the appointment of Professor John Pollaers as the Chair of the Taskforce last month and his commitment to work with the entire sector to deliver solutions.
However, this move by Minister Wyatt to now shut the aged care workforce out makes a mockery of the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce.
It shows that the Turnbull Government will continue its attack on workers and their unions.
Labor calls on the Government to do the right thing and invite relevant unions to join the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce immediately.
Our focus must be on ensuring we have an adequately regulated, skilled and supported aged care workforce into the future – not the Turnbull Government’s petty attack on workers.
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