Workshop hosted by
AAG Regional, Rural & Remote
(RRR) Special Interest Group
in partnership with the
National Rural Health Alliance
This workshop is funded by the australian government through the dementia and aged care services fund
in collAboration with:
addressing aged care workforce issues in rural and remote australia
Dr Rachel Winterton, Latrobe University
(AAG RRR Special Interest Group Convenor)
Mr Mark Diamond, CEO, National Rural Health Alliance
A/Prof Marguerite Bramble, Charles Sturt University (AAG Board Director)
Ms Robin Harvey, Charles Sturt University
The ageing of Australia’s population creates challenges in ensuring an adequate,
appropriate and skilled aged care workforce for the future. Workforce requirements
are predicted to more than treble from around 360,000 currently, to almost one million by 2050.
Developing an adequate and appropriately qualified aged care workforce for the future in
regional, rural and remote locations, where almost 7 million Australians live, requires urgent attention.
There are currently significant difficulties in recruiting and retaining qualified staff, with high levels of vacancies and
skills shortages in the workforce, particularly as distance from major cities increases.
Australians living in regional, rural and remote communities have a greater need for aged care services, as they are on average older and less healthy than people living in major cities; but they already experience poorer access to care. As needs only continue to grow, addressing aged care workforce issues will be a critical factor in ensuring equitable access to care, and quality aged care in rural and remote Australia.
This workshop will focus on several key questions:
- To what extent do workforce issues influence access and quality in aged care in rural and remote Australia?
- What are the major barriers to the recruitment and retention of an adequate, appropriate and skilled workforce in home care and residential aged care in rural and remote Australia?
- How can these barriers be addressed, to ensure an adequate, appropriate, and skilled aged care workforce
is in place in rural and remote Australia?
The workshop will generate a report with recommendations, which will be provided to Government with a view to influencing the development of a proposed Action Plan for aged care for rural and remote Australia.
All those with an interest in rural and remote aged care issues are welcome to attend.