Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, is encouraging local residents to have their say on the staffing of Aged Care homes on the southern Gold Coast and across the nation.
Anyone interested can participate by taking part in an online survey or by contributing to the current national review of the Aged Care workforce.
“Everyone understands how important it is that appropriately resourced and trained staff are providing the care our senior Australians deserve,” said Mrs Andrews.
“This is a top Turnbull Government priority, which is why we commissioned a comprehensive taskforce, to produce Australia’s first Aged Care workforce strategy by July this year.”
Mrs Andrews said the taskforce’s work would be critical for future care provision, with predictions the workforce will need to grow from the current level of approximately 366,000 to almost one million by 2050.
“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,” Mrs Andrews said.
To contribute to the survey, go to https://consultations.health.gov.au/aged-care-policy-and-regulation/aged-care-workforce-strategy/
People can contact the taskforce by emailing ACWSTaskforce@health.gov.au or calling 1800 020 103.
Public submissions are open for people to have their say until 16 March.