The National Rural Health Alliance has welcomed the recent announcement by the Minister for Senior Australians, Aged Care and Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt, for $2m to support the work of the Remote Aged Care Workforce Accord. See Minister's media release here.
The funding will assist Australia’s largest not-for-profit aged care provider Uniting Care Australia and peak sector body Aged and Community Services Australia to work with the remote aged care sector to find the solutions to solving an enduring issue in remote Australia – sourcing and developing the aged care workforce.
The Alliance is represented on the Remote Aged Care Accord Leadership Group which had its first face-to-face meeting in Melbourne on 9 April 2019.
‘This is really a great honour for the Alliance to be involved in looking at how we can pick up on the recommendations made by the Aged Care Workfroce Strategy Taskforce in its report 'A Matter of Care – Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy’ Alliance CEO Mark Diamond said.
The report recommended that a Remote Accord be established to provide a united remote and very remote industry voice, with action to engage on workforce issues needing attention and develop pathways for change involving all levels of government, industry and the commmunity. The Accord Leadership Group had the fortune of meeting with the Chair of the Taskforce, Prof John Pollaers OAM at the face to face meeting to discuss the approach that the Accord could take in seeking to address the unique workforce issues in the aged care sector rural and remote areas.