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.Do you have an idea for a story?
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