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Aged care indexation equals three cents an hour for workers

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Aged care indexation equals three cents an hour for workers

The Federal Government’s new level of funding to aged care services for the next 12 months equates to less than three cents an hour for full-time aged care workers, according to Aged Care Association Australia.

Aged care stakeholders have criticised the government for setting its funding index for the under-resourced sector at just 1.9 percent.

ACAA CEO Rod Young said the figure equates to about $2.20 per resident per day or less than three cents an hour for aged care workers.

“Aged care workers, due to the long term under funding from the current model, are some of the lowest paid workers in the health system,” Mr Young said.

“If the industry is to be able to attract and retain the necessary quality staff in the future, then it must be given the resources to reward
our current and future hard working employees.”

Mr Young joined the Australian Nursing Federation and Aged and Community Services Australia in demanding urgent funding reform for the embattled sector.

ANF federal secretary Lee Thomas said the government had once again failed to close the significant wage gap for aged care nurses and assistants in nursing.

“This significant wage gap must be addressed if elderly Australians are to get the quality of care they deserve,” she said.

The ANF’s ongoing Because We Care campaign is calling for the closure of the $300 a week wages gap between aged care nurses and nurses in the public system.

The campaign is also calling for a national licensing system for aged care workers along with the right balance of skills and nursing hours, so nurses and care staff can deliver quality care for all residents.

ACSA CEO Patrick McClure said with no additional funding for aged care in this year’s budget, the 1.9 percent indexation only compounded the problem.
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