According to the Aged Care Workforce Strategy report, commissioned by the Federal Government, nurses and personal care workers in the aged-care sector should be given pay rises that match “their value and contribution” on the front line in supporting older Australians.
However, Senior Employment Relations Adviser, Edmund Fry, from Employsure says there are two underlying issues in the aged care sector that cannot be resolved solely with higher wage rates. To start, there is a general lack of regulation. There are also benefits in improving staff management practices.
“The solution is in the wellbeing of staff,” Fry said. “We believe aged care workers are stressed and fatigued so it’s important to address health and safety conditions, and better employee management.”
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