Deputy Chair of the Volunteering Tasmania Board, Donald Coventry, gave evidence at the Aged Care Workforce public hearing on Monday 31 October in Launceston.

Volunteering Tasmania (VT) has welcomed the opportunity to give evidence at the public hearing, to outline how the volunteering industry has been impacted by changes in aged care.

Key concerns raised by Mr Coventry included:

• The importance of volunteers to the current and future status of aged care. Volunteers are critical to giving social engagement, interaction and companionship across Tasmania’s aged care facilities and hospitals.

• The impact of Tasmania’s rapidly ageing population on our volunteer workforce

• Making sure that Volunteer Involving Organisations are well supported as we move into a Consumer Directed Care system

• Challenges for Volunteer Involving Organisations to budget for volunteer programs; recruit and retain volunteers

VT’s submission to the Senate Inquiry into Aged Care can be found on our Publications Page under the “Advocacy” heading: http://www.volunteeringtas.org.au/publications/