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Opportunities for Involvement

The Council is committed to working transparently with Aged Care providers, consumers, workers and Governments to implement A Matter of Care. Our collaboration is guided by our ACWIC Engagement Plan.

The Council will provide opportunities for consumers workers, providers and government to be involved in advancing elements of the strategic actions.

We understand the wealth of knowledge and expertise out there.

We hope that you will be willing to share this during our specific ‘call-outs’ for involvement.

 

Current call for involvement:

The 2020 Aged Care Workforce Census is now open! 

The Department of Health has engaged Forms Administration to conduct the next census of aged care providers to track the sector’s workforce.

Residential, Home Care and Commonwealth Home Support Programme providers across Australia should keep an eye in their inboxes for an email from Forms Administration.  The email will contain a link to the census for easy streamlined access, as well as a spreadsheet for providers who would prefer to enter data manually.

The census is about building an evidence base for the aged care system that works for industry, for the workforce, and most importantly, our older Australians.

We strongly encourage all providers to complete the census – a high response rate means better data for better policy making.

We recommend completing the census prior to Christmas, however it will be open for submissions until 22 January 2020. An analysis of the census results will be made publicly available in 2021. For further information or assistance contact health@formsadministration.com.au or phone (02) 4403 0640.

 

  • Strategic Action 1: Social Change Campaign: Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) is leading the creation of a social change campaign project plan which focuses on shifting negative perceptions of aged care and is to be implemented over the next three years. As part of the research to inform what social change is required, the Council would welcome aged care providers sharing any of their previous, current or planned relevant workforce research and/or campaigns. Please send any input to contact@acwic.com.au

 

 

Opportunities:

The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council is pleased to promote the recent Budget announcement to increase the number of postgraduate aged care scholarships. The aged care scholarships program will also include a completion bonus for Graduate Certificates, Advanced Diploma’s and Masters Degrees. The amount of each scholarship is dependent on the length of the qualification.

The scholarships program is administered by the Australian College of Nursing, and the current round is now open until 8 November 2020 for undergraduate and postgraduate aged care scholarships.

The scholarships will provide aged care workers with the opportunity to enhance their skills and advance their careers in our rapidly evolving industry. Aged care employers will benefit from a more skilled workforce, and an increased talent pipeline in the industry that cares for older Australians. Importantly, this will provide the aged care sector with a growing pool of highly skilled nurses and personal care workers to provide quality care for consumers. Click here for the aged-care-nursing-scholarships-2020-flyer