Revealing: WA aged care workforce study shows staffing failing to keep up with residents’ needs

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Complexity of care up. Number of workers up. Worker psychological stress up. Satisfaction way down. The number of people in residential aged care in WA with complex health care needs jumped from 12.7% in 2008 to 51.8% in 2017, according to new research released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

The report, To Health and Happiness: WA’s Healthcare Industry Future says the workforce is not keeping pace however, despite healthcare becoming the biggest industry employer in the West with more than 170,000 workers – four in five women.

At the same time, the number of workers in high or very high psychological distress has increased 13.1% in 2007 to 16.3% in 2015, while the share of workers being satisfied with their job has plunged from 46% in 2001 to 30% in 2016.

Every indicator is going in the wrong direction.

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