Volunteering Tasmania welcomes findings into Australia’s Aged Care Workforce

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.

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Symposium Spotlights Volunteer Safety – 27 July 2017

Mental anguish, physical harm or negative social implications are not usually the first things that spring to mind when you think about the altruistic act of volunteering.

For many that donate their time to worthy causes, volunteering is a hugely rewarding endeavour. However, in helping make someone, or something’s life better, it’s essential that the quality of the volunteer’s health is not adversely impacted.

Volunteering Tasmania, our island’s peak body for volunteering, will delve into this topic next week at the 2017 Volunteering Symposium.

Alison Lai, chief executive officer of Volunteering Tasmania says the Symposium will give volunteers, and the people that work alongside them, the opportunity to discuss these issues.

“Tasmanian’s are incredibly generous with the amount of time they give to our community, and their willingness to go above and beyond is unquestionable,” Alison said.

“Communities all across our island depend on volunteers and it’s hard to imagine a world without them. So it’s imperative that we keep volunteers safe.

“Volunteer safety comes in different forms, ranging from keeping them safe from physical dangers such as rough seas or bushfires, to helping them maintain safe and healthy relationships with those they might befriend, or provide companionship to.

“It’s also imperative that volunteers are provided with robust and reliable support systems to help them recover from experiences that may be traumatic, whether that be seeing people at their most vulnerable, or any other type of crisis event.

“We hope that attendees will leave the Symposium feeling informed and armed with new insights into how other organisations are addressing volunteer safety.”

With a stellar line up of expert panel membersSymposium Web Header 1, the Symposium will feature presentations from Lois Berry of North West Hospice Care, Ian Fullagar of Surf Life Saving Australia and Michael Bruhn of Sea Shepherd Tasmania.

The Symposium will also feature a light-hearted yet thought provoking debate around the statement ‘Young people don’t like volunteering’.

Alison said that she was looking forward to some of Tasmania’s well-known community members debating this current hot topic in volunteering.

“For the affirmative we will have ABC radio presenter Chris Wisbey, Peter West from the RSPCA and Anneliese Smith who is known for her work with the Migrant Resource Centre,” she said.

“They’ve got their work cut out for them, up against Emily Briffa of the successful Hamlet Social Enterprise, Kate Cashman from The Breath Between and Alex McKenzie from Mobart Mo Bros (Movember Foundation).

“It’s going to be wonderful community event, delivered by our community.”

The Symposium will be held on Thursday 27 July from 1-4pm, at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania’s Hobart campus. Special rates for Volunteering Tasmania members.

More information can be found on Eventbrite, sorry no door sales.

To download the Volunteering Symposium flyer, click here.

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3 great reasons to become a Member of Volunteering Tasmania

1 – Your support for Volunteering Tasmania is support for volunteering

Volunteering Tasmania is the Peak body for volunteering. We advocate for volunteering, to make sure decision-makers hear your voice. We also research volunteering so that you know our information is up-to-date and relevant. Your Membership supports volunteers, those who work with volunteers, and in turn, the whole Tasmanian community.

Become a Member today.


2 – Help us to deliver our awesome free services

Volunteering Tasmania assists volunteers and volunteering in many ways: We help to recruit volunteers through online and face-to-face referrals, we provide training, we facilitate meetings where experts in the sector share best practice ideas, we act as a ‘help-desk’ for issues and queries, we match volunteers in emergency recovery, and much much more.

All this is provided to the sector free of charge, and we strive to help everyone who comes to us for assistance and advice.

However we need your help to keep up our great work! Your Membership supports volunteers, those who work with volunteers, and in turn, the whole Tasmanian community.

Become a Member today.


3 – Members get extra special treatment

Here at Volunteering Tasmania we provide the best service possible to everyone who needs it, regardless of Membership status. However, we have worked hard to build some Member Exclusive benefits to give people who support us through Membership extra special bonus value.

In addition to our free-of-charge services like online and face-to-face referral services, volunteer management support, and the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards; our Members can enjoy a range of benefits such as active promotion of volunteer vacancies, use of our communications channels to highlight their special events, and access to best-practice policy and procedures templates via our Members Only webpage.

Find out about all the benefits, and become a Member today.

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