Australia Needs 700,000 Aged Care Workers


Watch  Ms. Edna Wacher, Registered MARA Agent - Video Interview regarding Carers as Permanent Residents


Australians are aging – fast.   At the same time, the growth  in the population of it traditional workforce are is expected to slow to almost zero.

Even with increased fertility rates there will be more Australians aged 65 and above over the next 40 years than there would be caregivers qualified and willing to take care of elderly Australians.

A report issued by the Australian government Treasury shows that in 1970-71, 31 per cent of the population was aged 15 years or younger.  By 2001-02 this proportion had dropped to 22 per cent.

On the other side of the age spectrum, the proportion of Australia’s population aged over 65 years has grown from 8 per cent in 1970-71 to 13 per cent in 2001-02. Unless the situation stabilizes, the proportion of the population over 65 years will almost double in the next 40 years to around 25 per cent.

Unions representing the aged care workforce say the stress and pay that come with caring for the elderly is just too much and too little respectively.  Even family members who could – and are willing -to take on the familial duty cannot because there was simply very little government support.

In August 2013, the Australian government launched a program designed to address the crisis.

Dubbed “Living Longer, Living Better” the 10-year program will provide $880.1 million over five years to increase the number of elderly care packages from around 60,000 to 100,000.  Another batch of 40,000 additional packages are expected to be available from 2017-18 to 2021-22.

The money is there.  Government funding is ready.  But are the aged care workers available?

In 2010, the then Department of Health and Ageing estimated that the aged care workforce would need to increase between two and three times before 2050 in order to provide care to the growing number of aged care residents.

So yes, there exists an aged care workforce. But these workers themselves are aging.  And employers are having a hard time attracting and retaining Australian workers.

Aged care advocates in Australia believe the traditional models of aged patient care cannot cope with the demands of the future.

A significant component of the recommended package of solutions is to increase skilled migration – especially in the aged care sector.

Current regulations in accepting temporary and permanent carers to Australia, however, illustrate a bumpy road ahead.

Qualification starts with the Aged Care III Certificate which is usually taken in Australia and costs about $5,000.00 Australian dollars.

Charlton Brown – a training and placement organization in Queensland, Australia – has obtained permission to offer its Aged Course III in the Philippines through licensed partners, usually in cooperation with educational institutions – at a fraction of a cost.

San Pablo City Colleges (SPC) has incorporated the Aged Care Course of Charlton Brown in its TESDA accredited courses that enrollees or students of Nursing Solutions, Inc. take and complete at SPC.

After completing the 7-week academic component, students enrolled in the course completes the 2-week practical training part at Charlton Brown in Queensland and issued the Aged Care III certificate.

Students are then eligible and qualified Aged Care III workers and could be on their way to permanent employment and residency in Australia either as an independent skilled worker or be nominated by Queensland or other State or Territory in Australia.

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