• A rewarding career

    A rewarding career

    There is something special about working in aged care. Many join the sector because of a personal association or experience, or previous responsibility for the informal care of a loved one. Whatever the reason, the compassion and care that exists in the hearts and minds of the staff is quite palpable.

    Indeed, it is not uncommon for staff to celebrate 25, 30 or even 40 years working with the same organisation. They do this because it is a vocation, more than just a career.

    This is evidenced by the increase in staff transitioning from other sectors, with a desire to give back to the community.

    Aged care provides great opportunities, too. There are many examples of staff who began their careers as Personal Carers or Home Support Workers, who went on to gain their Enrolled Nursing qualifications, before progressing to become a Registered Nurse.

    And it doesn’t stop there. Registered Nurses progress to Clinical Nurse, Clinical Lead, Care Coordinator or even Manager roles.

    Allied health professionals participate in many aspects of service delivery, from centre-based roles and consulting to providing assistance in people’s homes.

    Housekeeping staff also play a vital role and form wonderful bonds with residents. Some decide to gain their Certification in Aged Care and take on a hands-on caring role.

    Home Support Workers come from all walks of life, assisting clients in their own homes and maintaining social connections.

    The aged care sector is experiencing a period of significant growth and change, with an ageing population, major government reform and legislative change. To navigate these changes, organisations require a broad range of expert staff from all disciplines.

    Workforce attraction and retention remains a major challenge. It is critical that staff are paid appropriately for the work they perform.

    Therefore, the announcement by the Fair Work Commission of a 15% increase in wages for direct aged care workers was very welcome.

    The Australian Government funds aged care, and has requested a phased implementation; ten per cent in July 2023 and five per cent in July 2024. The increases will be delivered through the existing funding streams for residential and community services.

    If you would like to make a difference in the lives of older people, come and join us, and experience the rewards that a career in aged care can bring.

    Opinion piece by Darren Birbeck,
    Chief Executive Officer,
    Resthaven Incorporated

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