Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, is urging interested local residents to have their say on the staffing of Aged Care homes on the Mid North Coast and across the nation, by participating in an online survey or by contributing to the current national review of the Aged Care workforce.
“Everyone understands how important appropriately resourced and trained staff are to providing the care our senior Australians deserve,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“This is a top Coalition Government priority, so Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt commissioned a comprehensive taskforce, to produce Australia’s first aged Care workforce strategy by July this year.”
Mr Hartsuyker said the taskforce’s work would be critical for future care provision, with predictions the Aged Care workforce will need to grow from the current level of approximately 366,000 to almost one million by 2050.
The workforce taskforce has a $2 million budget to support detailed consultation and research across the country, and is currently seeking public comment.
“I urge local seniors, their families, community members and aged care staff to get involved by going to the taskforce’s online consultation hub and completing the survey,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
To contribute to the survey, go to consultations.health.gov.au.
People can contact the taskforce by emailing ACWSTaskforce@health.gov.au or calling 1800 020 103.
Public submissions are open until 16 March.