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Catholic Health supports Govt boost to Aged Care workers' standards


Catholic Health Australia (CHA) yesterday issued a statement of support for the Government's initiative on the National Aged Care Workforce Strategy, which "challenged the aged care sector to embrace a minimum qualification for aged care workers to Certificate III level or its equivalent before 2008".

"CHA endorses this approach, however reminds the Government that the capacity for any facility to employ qualified staff is directly related to the level of Government subsidies provided to homes," CEO Francis Sullivan said. "It is imperative that the upcoming review of aged care home funding realistically assesses the real costs of care, including skilled labour."

"CHA believes qualified staff are essential, but so too is a realistic funding system to ensure quality care and security for all residents," he said. "It will also be particularly important for the Government to initiate additional training programs, particularly for people whose first language is not English, ensuring all existing staff have access to additional training requirements."

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Catholic Health Australia
Australian Department of Health and Ageing | Health workforce

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Catholic Health Australia


16 Aug 2002