The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council is reportedly looking at ways to raise standards and improve training levels in the aged care industry.
In an interview with Annie Guest on AM, Chief Executive Louise O’Neill said implementing a voluntary code of conduct and the 14 strategic actions outlined in the report, A Matter of Care, would be key to attracting talent to the sector.
“This is the first time the industry has agreed to sign up like something like this together, and that is a huge step,” she said.
But not everyone’s convinced.
Lynda Salterilli from advocacy group Aged Care Crisis also appeared in the report, where she argued that the sector is complex and much more would be required.
“I don’t think it’s going to work at all. They need to be reassured that that home has enough qualified staff to care for the needs of their loved ones,” she said.