Policy, Research & International

Ageing, Workforce and Education (AWESIG)

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

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.

The purpose of the AAG AWESIG is to:
- Engage with research, policy, planning and implementation for the development and resourcing of a comprehensive health and aged care workforce, building capability to meet the diverse health and social needs of our ageing population
- Seek to work with a range of key stakeholders to advance the development of a highly skilled and well-resourced health and aged care workforce for older Australians
- Engage with research and policy aiming to expand opportunities for workforce participation amongst older Australians

The AWESIG has led the development of a range of AAG submissions on workforce issues, including but not limited to:
- 2017 and 2018 AAG submissions to the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce (ACWST)
- 2016 AAG submissions in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the future of Australia's aged care sector workforce

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

Key Contacts
- Robin Harvey, Co-Convenor
- Katrina Radford, Co-Convenor

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