Workers should be better valued and qualified
Respect for the older workforce was also a key issue for Ms. Gordon.
“Elderly care has been criticized very loudly and very widely,” she added.
“They are tired and the [workers] need to know that they are valued and respected, and this will help attract the workforce. »
Another key point mentioned by Ms. Gordon was the changing nature of elderly care, such as the increased demand for specialist care.
She said that although many aged care facilities provide specialist care for advanced dementia, palliative care or high levels of disability, the workforce needs to be better supported through training and education. education to provide safe levels of care.
“We need different training and much more flexible training paths,” Ms Gordon said.
“70% of the aged care workforce are personal caregivers, not always nursing or paramedics.
“We need to free up the pathways for people to get the skills they need, and we also need to increase the kind of skills we bring; we need specialized skills and basic skills.
Ms Gordon added that the sector needed to provide better career paths to attract more people into aged care.
“He is [about] careers, no [just] jobs,” she said.