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2016-03: Inquiry into the future of Australia's aged care sector workforce

The Parliament of Australia Senate Community Affairs References Committee is conducting an Inquiry into the future of Australian aged care sector. Information about the inquiry including the terms of reference are available here.

AAG made a brief written submission that:

  • Endorses the National Aged Care Alliance Submission
  • Suggests that the Committee should consider the contribution that unpaid carers and volunteers make to the aged care workforce, and recommend adequate funding to implement the Productivity Commission’s recommendations.
  • Suggests that the Committee should consider the contribution peak bodies and professional associations make to the education, training and skills development of aged care workers, and recommend adequate funding to support them.
  • Suggests that the Committee should consider the additional time and other resources required to create a culturally competent aged care workforce to cater for the different care needs of ATSI, CALD and LGBTI people, and recommend adequate funding to support this.

Read the full submission here

On 28 April 2016 our Vice President A/Prof Christine Stirling appeared to represent AAG at the hearing before Senators Rachel Siewert, Claire Moore and Helen Polley. The Senators were interested in the issues we raised and invited AAG to provide further information about two questions on notice:

  • the number of gerontologists in Australia
  • the importance of volunteers in the ged care sector.

You can read a transcript of Dr Stirling's evidence here and our supplementary submission below.

Supplementary Submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce (18 May 2016)

The Final Report was tabled on 20 June 2017.

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