$2m to boost aged care workforce

The Morrison government, if re-elected, says it will invest close to $2 million to boost the aged care workforce in rural and remote Australia.

This amount includes $1.5 million over three years to support Uniting Care Australia, the lead organisation partnering with the government to deliver the ‘Accord on the Remote Aged Care Workforce’.

In addition, $450,000 could be invested through Aged and Community Services Australia to work with communities in building the capacity of local aged care workforces.

In announcing the funding, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the accord will strengthen the aged care workforce and improve the quality of aged care services in remote Australia and will tap into the knowledge and experience of local communities and people working in aged care.

“By working with local communities and understanding their needs, the accord will create an employment and career pipeline in rural, regional and remote Australia,” he said.

“It will bring together aged care organisations working in partnership with the employment, health, education and training sectors to build the aged care workforce.”

Mr Wyatt also said the government is allocating $2.6 million to step up industry-led implementation of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy, intended to improve capability, conditions and career opportunities for more than 366,000 aged care workers.

 

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