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Peaks form new council to lead workforce strategy

Peaks, assemble!

The Aged Care Guild, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) have announced they’ve come together to form an industry group dedicated to leading the sector’s workforce strategy.

The need for such a body was spelled out in the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce’s report A matter of care – a strategy for Australia’s aged care workforce.

The taskforce recommended the new Aged Care Workforce Industry Council oversee, coordinate and sequence implementation of the 14 strategic actions presented in the Aged Care Workforce Strategy.

Taskforce chair Professor John Pollaers wrote:

This will accelerate implementation of the strategic actions of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy in a coordinated and sequenced manner and realise the productivity gains that can be made for the industry and organisations sooner. In so doing, all organisations will have to give this consistent and sustained attention.”

The taskforce said one of the council’s key priorities would be the establishment of a voluntary industry code of practice to drive behavioural and cultural change.

Pollaers recommended that the council also works to, among a raft of other tasks, understand what specific issues individual organisations may face in applying the proposed standardised approach to workforce planning.

The peaks said a council of this nature is necessary to ensure the industry gain maximum benefit from Pollaers’ recommendations.

ACSA chief executive Pat Sparrow said they will set their sights on lasting cultural change that better meets the needs and aspirations of consumers.

Sean Rooney, chief executive of LASA, said the group will provide a platform for industry engagement, working to “ensure the design and rollout of the recommended actions are practical, relevant and adequately resourced, to drive meaningful change”.

Aged Care Guild chief executive Matthew Richter said the strategy had already achieved key milestones, such as the establishment of the Industry Accord on the Remote Aged Care Workforce, but added there was more work to be done.

The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council will meet for the first time in February.

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One comment

  1. Once again this group coming together has undermined itself and the expected better outcome by stating they recommend a ‘VOLUNTARY’ industry code of practice. Hasn’t enough footage and personal stories and tragic outcomes been enough for any so called industry expert to say it needs to be a LEGISLATED, MANDATORY INDUSTRY CODE OF PRACTICE! The cynic in me partly formed from resent evidence established eg;multiple ABC coverage restraint and assaults of elderly, believes that-ACSA Pat Sparrow who wants to set her sights on consumers cultural aspirations-Really! I thought that’s what was already supposed to be happening in the standards and millions of dollars have been handed out to providers because all the so called checks and balances from government assessors have said they were compliant in Standards 2 & 3! LASA’s Sean Rooney is on the public record of having faith in the very providers that have been outed allowing disgraceful acts on vulnerable elders. And the Aged care guild’s, Matthew Richter without giving any real detail of these amazing milestones (in this Insite article), but instead gave headlines without substantiating exactly what they have done to eliminate these poor practices and made our aged and vulnerable clients individual aspirations of their quality of life achievable. So, I am just asking this question to end my comment How can we be assured these industry experts haven’t been compromised from positions of industry or government which forms the basis of the thought bubble ‘Voluntary’.