27 February 2019
Employment Shortage in the Aged Care and Disability Sectors – By Interchange Australia Human Resources Manager, Lynne Busby
A number of reports have been released predicting a severe shortage of employees in the aged care and disability sectors due to a number of factors:
• The ageing population;
• The tendency to stay in the home for as long as possible;
• The number of participants on NDIS was grossly underestimated;
In 2010 the Department of Health and Ageing, as it was known then, estimated that the quantity of employees in the Aged Care sector would have to increase between two to three times to cater for the growing number of aged care residents.
The disability sector has had similar predictions with concerns relating to the National Disability Scheme (NDIS) having a $7 billion gap in funding due to a much higher rate of children accessing the scheme. One report predicted that the shortage of workers would probably result in a reduction of quality standards and/or increasing costs.
At Interchange Australia, we work hard to maintain adequate levels of our workforce and maintain our high standard of service provision. We are always on the lookout for additional staff who fit our criteria of effective, professional and suitably trained employees. We are particularly keen to discuss employment options with staff who have additional skills such as singing, music, art, fitness, drama and other diverse backgrounds.
We have been very fortunate to have some excellent support workers with additional skills and this has provided opportunities for our clients. One of our clients now runs his own radio program with the guidance of a support worker who has experience in the radio industry. Another client is being mentored by a support worker who is an accomplished singer, assisting the client to achieve her dream of becoming a lead singer in a band. Our support workers are enthusiastic in assisting the clients to achieve their goals and the support workers have indicated how much they love being a part of the journey of development and watching the progress and opportunities available within Interchange Australia.
If you know someone who has an exceptional work ethic and is keen to have a positive impact on someone’s life with appropriate levels of support and encouragement – encourage them to take a look at our website and apply online. Our support staff are required to have the following:
• Certificate III in a related discipline
• First aid Certificate
• Working with Children Check
• Criminal Records Check
• Fully insured, reliable motor vehicle
For any further information, please contact me on 1300 112 334 or via email.