When the Prime Minister yesterday said an aged care worker can “aspire to get a better job”, he not only potentially offended Australia's 366,000 aged care workers, he also may have turned people away from a rewarding career in an industry where there is proven long-term demand and a staff shortage.
In Question Time yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said a 60-year-old aged care worker in Burnie can “aspire to get a better job”.
Though he went on to clarify that “working is...
Caroline Egan has been a writer and editor for a surprisingly large number of years. She has managed to work across several sectors, including banking, finance, economics, real estate, and aged care. She was Managing Editor at Macquarie Bank for several years, and also spent a number of years presenting financial market news on television and radio for CommSec. Caroline openly admits to being a grammar pedant, and loves playing Scrabble, going to the movies with her funny children, and walking in nature.
A six-year-old child has been killed after an elderly woman failed to stop when reversing her car out of a parking space.
The incident occurred at a pedestrian crossing at Nambour supermarket on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
The six-year-old’s older sister and her mother were also injured in the incident, but their injuries are not life threatening. The 86-year-old driver of the car was treated for shock, and is helping the police with their inquiries.
The incident has understandably...
Those who lives in smaller towns and rural areas are the happiest people in society, research shows. And so it follows that smaller, more intimate, aged care facilities also have happier residents.
“In smaller units the wellbeing is better. It’s been well established,” said Colin McDonnell, Dementia Excellence Practice Lead with not-for-profit aged care provider, Scalabrini.
Units of 12-15 beds, even if they make up a larger overall facility, are the design standard in aged care, said Mr McDonnell...
In the aged care sector, we are very aware of the roles that doctors, nurses and carers play in nurturing and caring for our elderly. We acknowledge all that they do, they receive training and qualifications to ensure their work is of a high standard, and they are highly valued and appreciated for their work.
But how often do we think of those on the periphery in nursing homes?
New research shows that cleaners, who are often on the periphery...