Federal Labor Candidate for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has welcomed an announcement of $250,000 for McIvor Health Services to better prepare the aged care workforce to care for older Australians in the Heathcote district.
Minister for Ageing Mark Butler has announced $10.2 million in funding for 26 projects across Australia for the program.
Ms Chesters said the projects would tackle many of the challenges aged care workers faced every day such as delivering medications safely, helping patients to live healthy, active lifestyles, and support people with complex needs.
“As part of up skilling workers and job redesign, many of the projects will train workers who support aged care residents in roles such as nutrition, cleaning, personal care and physio to identify health and wellbeing issues early.”
“By 2050 we expect that more than 1 in 20 working Australians will be an aged care worker, we need these workers to be as highly skilled as possible.”
Ms Chesters said the projects will focus on better integrating the aged care workforce with mainstream community services like GPs, pharmacists and allied health professionals across four main areas:
• Safe medication management in the community
• Residential aged care
• Preventing functional decline in the community
• Complex care coordination in the community.
“Community based approaches would improve the capabilities of aged care workers to deliver the best possible care”.
“Right now, older people can see multiple professionals on multiple sites with little communication and coordination between them and these projects will aim to better
align and coordinate services.”
“A comprehensive evaluation of the projects will be undertaken to see how workforce
reforms can be adopted nationally”.