There are over a million unpaid carers in Australia.
And they are a diverse group! Age, culture, language, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic circumstances - they hail from all walks of life.
They are a spouse or partner, son or daughter, brother or sister, relative or friend, neighbour or stranger; many of whom are themselves affected by significant challenges.
Physical disability, mental health issues, dementia, aged related frailty (both in the home and in residential care) - all included.
President Of Carers Queensland
Jim is the President of Carers Queensland which is the largest Local Area Co-ordinator for the NDIS in Australia.
He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, an appointee to the numerous State & Federal Committees and Panels and other industry bodies. He has worked as a senior executive in the aged care sector for over 20 years and was previously an aged care industry advisor to the RBA.
Due to allegations of serious neglect and abuse of elderly people, the Government has initiated a Royal Commission into the aged care sector.
For Carers Queensland, acting as the voice of carers, this is a welcome opportunity to provide carer feedback of lived experience with the current system.
Carers are often viewed by aged care providers as nuisances or complainers but in fact are generally well-informed observers of the aged care program.
Having made the often heartbreaking decision to place...
Janine, a carer in regional Queensland, cares for her mother, who has a mental illness, and her elderly grandmother. It’s a round-the-clock caring role and Janine is the major support and comfort for her relatives.
Janine recently experienced a very serious health event; one requiring immediate hospitalisation, treatment and ongoing monitoring. She desperately attempted to arrange some respite care or support for her mother and grandmother who could not cope on their own. When she was unable to find respite...
There have been a number of strategies employed to attract and retain younger workers to the aged care sector with varying degrees of success.
“Everybody complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it!”
Mark Twain repeated this witticism and is often (incorrectly) attributed its original authorship.
I was reflecting on it recently at a function with a number of aged care CEOs and HR Managers.
The topic was the aged care workforce and the challenges of...