'You are valued' - our dedicated aged care workforce

Release date: 07 Aug 2019

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services (ACSA) says Aged Care Employee Day is an opportunity for the entire community to acknowledge the enormous contribution of workers in this uniquely human industry.

“To all the volunteers, carers, cleaners, nurses, admin, hospitality and other staff and the many others who work in aged care – thank you.

“It’s been a turbulent year for you and our sector, but your hard work is not unnoticed. You are valued,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

“Our aged care workforce and providers want the same things as older Australians and their families want, to have safe, quality care and services.

“When a friend asks me what to do about aged care for their loved one, I always tell them to not focus purely on the physical environment and their preconceptions and look to the people.

“Aged care staff are empathetic, respectful, passionate and dedicated which makes all the difference to the lives of older Australians in their care.

“ACSA acknowledges our dedicated workforce every day by telling their stories via our Humans of Aged Care platform and supporting our members through the new ACSA workforce and industry development unit, which provides practical support for workers in areas like training and professional development,” said Ms Sparrow.

MEDIA CONTACT: Annette Glenister, 0400 772 722

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia

 

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