In 2016 Volunteering Tasmania gave evidence at the Senate Inquiry into the Aged Care Workforce. Our submission highlighted the importance of volunteering in the aged care sector, and the valuable role that volunteers play.
We particularly raised concerns that volunteering was excluded from the Senate Committee’s Terms of Reference, when volunteers play such a critical role to the future of this workforce.
On June 20, 2017 the Senate Committee handed down its findings into the Aged Care Workforce. Volunteering Tasmania welcomes the findings, and notes two key recommendations:
- The aged care workforce strategy task-force be composed of representatives of service providers, workforce groups, including nurses, care workers/personal care attendants, medical and allied health professionals, and others, and representatives of consumers and volunteers. Representatives of workers, care providers and consumers from regional and remote areas should also be included.
- The aged care workforce strategy consider the role of informal carers and volunteers in the aged care sector, with particular focus on the impacts of both the introduction of consumer directed care and the projected ageing and reduction in these groups.
This is a fantastic step in acknowledging the vital contribution our volunteer workforce plays in the aged care landscape.
A copy of the committee’s report can be accessed on the committee’s website here.