Last January, the various aged care peak bodies announced the formation of an industry group dedicated to leading the sector’s workforce strategy.
The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council was recommended by the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce’s report A matter of care – a strategy for Australia’s aged care workforce, and has been charged with enforcing the 14 strategic actions outlined to help build a better trained and better paid workforce for the future.
Now more than a year after the announcement, the council has appointed its first CEO, former nurse and senior bureaucrat Louise O’Neill.
O’Neill comes to the role amid a tumultuous period for the sector. Just last week the author of the workforce report, John Pollaers, told the media that the government has “sat” on the report for two years and has “ducked ” its recommendations.
O’Neill joined Aged Care Insite to discuss her ambitions for the council which, among other things, include changing the image of the sector and avoiding the politics so she can deliver the best outcomes for staff and residents alike.
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