If you have ever considered working as a carer for some of Australia’s most vulnerable citizens, it may be time to act. According to worldwide trends, now more than ever is the time to start a career in aged care.
The aged care sector is currently facing a high demand for skilled workers. The June 2021 Intergenerational Report conducted by Josh Frydenberg projects that the population will “grow slower and age faster”, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Revitalisation in the field is absolutely critical to meet the demand for high quality and meaningful care for an ageing population.
New Aged Care Act
In response to the recent Royal Commission into aged care quality and safety, the government has promised a $17.7 billion package and the formulation of a new Aged Care Act, revising the 1997 version. The new act is to be put in place by the 1st of July 2023 and puts an emphasis on a simpler and more equitable means testing, allowing more people have access to quality care within their budget.
Also included is a focus towards maintaining independence and encouraging social participation, with a higher quality of care demanded from facilities, nursing homes, and care providers. The right for an individual to make choices about their own care and to retain their autonomy within the care system are also enshrined.