Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce Newsletters

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John Pollaers

Taskforce Chair, John Pollaers, with Marilyn Busietta, of Melbourne. Marilyn receives home care services.

Welcome to the first newsletter from the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce

Shaping a workforce


As Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce, I have been humbled and inspired by the many intensely moving and personal experiences people have shared with the Taskforce. It is clear urgent change is needed if we are to re-shape our thinking so older Australians and their families and carers feel equipped and have access to safe, quality care.

Your contributions will help shape a strategy that will be more than just words on a page. It will reflect the views of the people who will give it life – the consumers, the dedicated people providing support and services, and providers.

During the past few months we have held exhaustive consultations across the country. These started with four belief workshops in late 2017 and our first summit in Melbourne. Since then we’ve held community consultations, roundtables, formed technical advisory groups and had conversations with nearly 700 individuals and representational bodies.

This has given us a deep understanding of the very real issues you are experiencing, including massive demographic change, the difficulty of accessing care, the need for new skills, and supply and retention of the workforce. 

One of our first actions has been to work with the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to establish an Aged Care Industry Reference Committee. This new IRC is a watershed opportunity that will help ensure the education and training system stays ahead of industry and community expectations.  It will review and develop the national competency standards for vocational training in the industry and will enable implementation of reforms resulting from the Workforce Strategy. The Aged Care IRC was announced by the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews; the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt; and me on 14 March.To find out how to get involved visit the Aged Care IRC page on the AISC website.

Finally, I thank those who made formal submissions to the Taskforce. These will be invaluable as we begin the next step of developing the strategy, which will address five strategic imperatives – leadership, organisation of work, skilling, innovation and the practical application of research and technology.

I look forward to sharing the insights and themes reflected in your submissions in the next Taskforce newsletter.

The final strategy will be submitted to Minister Wyatt on 30 June.

John Pollaers
Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce

March 2018

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