Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Aged Care talks held in Canberra

The Federal Government has held aged care roundtable discussions with more than 20 stakeholders in Parliament House yesterday in a bid to better understand the practical solutions needed in the aged care sector.

Minister for Aged Care, Anika Wells said the event provided an opportunity for the sector to contribute to the Government’s Jobs and Skills Summit and the Employment White Paper.

“Aged Care reform needs to be done once and done well and that’s why consultations like today’s Aged Care Workforce Pre-Jobs Summit Roundtable are crucial,” she said.

“It was great to see such healthy dialogue among a wide array of stakeholders.”

The Aged Care Workforce Pre-Jobs Summit Roundtable was attended by universities, unions, advisory councils, providers, community services, and advocate groups.

Major topics discussed in the three-hour session included how to boost job security, making aged care an attractive place to work, access to education and training, the role of migration in aged care and creating innovation in the industry.

Ms Wells said the event advanced discussions on critical topics that will lead Labor’s reform measures in aged care.

“We must work together to improve the lives of aged care workers and care recipients who have been neglected after successive liberal governments ignored their plight.”

“We need ambition for aged care. We need to be innovative and have thought leadership,” Minister Wells said.

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