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The Strengthened Case for Aged Care Workforce Reform

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The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council welcomes the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety. The Council Board Directors and CEO would like to acknowledge the work of the Commissioners and their staff in developing this large volume of work.

The Council Board Directors and CEO also acknowledge and express their gratitude for the exceptional work undertaken on a daily basis by Australia’s aged care workforce. We are heartened to see the huge recognition of this workforce, its importance, and the need to continue to progress on our workforce reform agenda. This is the greatest opportunity for the Government and the sector to deliver the best care and support outcomes that older Australians can and should expect.

There will always be areas that elicit debate, but ultimately if the focus remains on right outcomes for older Australians and the workforce that supports them, then we believe that the right reforms will be delivered.

A Matter of Care

The Council is pleased to see the exceptionally strong alignment between Australia’s aged care workforce strategy ‘A Matter of Care’ and the recommendations made by Commissioners Briggs and Pagone within the report.

A Matter of Care outlines 14 Strategic Actions that the Council has responsibility for implementing or supporting the implementation of. The Council would like to highlight the progress made on two Strategic Actions that directly support implementation of the Commission’s recommendations.

Strategic Action 1: Social change
Strategic Action 1 is about the creation of a social change and recruitment campaign to promote the value of the aged care workforce and reframe attitudes to care. This aligns directly with Commissioner Briggs’ recommendation 76.5 which states that’By 1 July 2022, the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council Limited should lead a national multimedia campaign aimed at raising awareness of career paths and opportunities in aged care’.

The Council is pleased to announce that a new campaign, titled ‘Bring your thing’ will be launched during the week of the 15 March 2021 (ahead of the Commissioner’s requested timeframe) on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and BuzzFeed.

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