In the past few weeks, Newly CEO has attended three leading national aged care invitation-only roundtables.
In late April, we were a guest at the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce Summit in Adelaide.
Convened by the Federal Department of Health and opened by the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, the meeting brought together a wide range of thought leaders with an interest in reforming the aged care workforce.
Our takeout from the forum is that the nature of the sector is changing and that providers of services need to be nimble, flexible and more personalised.
“The future of our sector is dependent on new models of care, changes in workforce scope of practice, the ageing nature of not only our broad population but of our workers, the increasing use of technology and the ability to have a large, well supported talent pool to recruit from,”
“These are all the tenets that Newly works to, so I look forward to seeing some genuine, tangible reform.”
More recently, we were a guest at the release of a new research report by HESTA, Transforming Aged Care – reimagining the aged care workforce of tomorrow.
HESTA conducted the program to better support the sector in its workforce planning by providing insights gained through their research and data analysis.
Newly CEO participated in the industry leaders’ discussion that will inform government, providers and employees about the opportunities and challenges now and in the years to come.
The meeting agreed that established aged care providers are having to adapt to both societal and demographic changes, as well as rapid disruption from a shift towards greater consumer-directed care.
“At Newly, we welcome this transformation,”
“The new breed of recruiters must be both better targeted and expanded to cater to worker, client and consumer needs immediately so we are able to build, train and retain the workforce needed to meet future demand.”
And, just last week, Newly CEO sat next to Professor John Pollaers, Chairman Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce at Australian Department of Health, at a lunch organised by CEDA.
They discussed Home and Community Care and the difficulty getting carers with work rights in Australia – many of them are on 457 visas which employers find too administratively difficult to sponsor.
One of the emerging themes from all of these meetings, is the issue of trust.
“With the recent negative press, consumers have a high level of concern about placing their loved one into care of any type. This is despite an ever increasing load of scrutiny and compliance,” she said.
“Clearly, more regulation and compliance may not be the right answer – it is already burdensome for the sector, and there needs to be a solution where good governance is worked out with our government funders, the providers and the consumers of services – a pejorative or punitive approach is not the right answer.
Increasing the levels of compliance just adds cost to the sector without guaranteeing improved outcomes.”