Policy, Research & International

Ageing, Workforce and Education (AWE)

The AAG Board approved the establishment of an Ageing, Workforce & Education AAG Special Interest Group (AWESIG) at it's December 2016 Board meeting. Robyn Harvey is the Group’s inaugural Convenor. The formation of this new SIG arose from the 2016 AAG Conference, where a range of AAG members and groups shown a strong interest in workforce issues from the perspectives of research and policy development.

This AAG Special Interest Group (SIG) on Workforce issues plans to accommodate existing activities initiated by two division Exec Committees, Victoria and Tasmania, plus a diverse range of other researchers and academics working in this broad field.

Other significant areas of interest and research identified by some participants so far include capacity and resilience building in aged care and dementia workforce, recruitment, retention and turnover in the aged care workforce, including a focus on the CALD workforce – culturally inclusive workplaces and building leadership capacity of people from CALD backgrounds within the workforce, undergraduate, ongoing and specialist education in ageing for broad health, social support and aged care workforce, workforce ongoing support needs, building workforce capacity across primary care, acute and sub-acute care as well as within aged care workforce. In short, interests range across a broadly encompassing and integrated focus on education and capacity building for a workforce appropriate to the needs of our ageing population.

This emerging group of researchers, educators and practitioners warmly welcomes any other AAG members who would like to join us in developing the Workforce Education SIG. Click here to join or to find out more information the group

Key Contacts

  • Robin Harvey Co-Convenor
  • Dr Kate-Ellen Elliot Co-Convenor
  • Linda Isherwood
  • Katrina Radford


The final report of the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Future of the Aged Care Workforce was published on 20 June 2017. Associate Professor Marguerite Bramble has prepared a short summary of the final report.

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