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Aged care providers warn of staff crisis in the industry

Aged care providers are warning of a staff crisis in the industry with the elderly missing out on much-needed services because of chronic shortages. Source: Getty Images

Aged care providers are warning of a staff crisis in the industry .

Some nursing homes and home care services are forced to stop admitting new residents and take on new clients due to staffing shortage


Highlights

  • By 2030, the number of Australians over 65 is projected to balloon by almost 140 per cent to more than five-and-a-half million people.
  • To tackle the workforce shortages, the industry is calling for  better staff wages, incentives for nursing students to work in aged care and a plan for foreign workers to fill vacancies when a local workforce isn't available
  • Aged Care Services minister Richard Colbeck says the government has already taken steps to boost the workforce by easing temporary visa restrictions for international students to allow them to work more than 40 hours a fortnight for aged care providers

 

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