Recent estimates of the number of workers required in the Australian aged care sector over the next decade have been deemed “seriously flawed” and do not account for the requirements of a rapidly shifting model of service delivery. This is according to a recent workforce paper presented by the peak community provider body, Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA).
Currently, the aged care sector is estimated to require at least 55,770 full-time workers from 2013, but according to the workforce paper, these projections are based on false assumptions. These numbers result from projections of current models into the future, but do not take into account the fact that the current model of aged care services in Australia is about to change dramatically. As of July 2015, the new $1.7 billion Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) will be the entry point into the system for the elderly to receive a basic level of support so that they may remain living independently at home.
The change to the model will have a large impact on both the number of qualified aged care workers required, and the nature of the services that individuals will provide to elderly people living at home. ACSA has recently called upon the Federal Government to develop and fund a new workforce strategy for the aged care sector, to address these changes and to ensure that future needs can be accurately assessed and met.
Whilst this is undoubtedly a big challenge for the government, the good news is that Sage Institute of Aged Care is already providing nationally recognised aged care qualifications to help meet the growing demand for aged care professionals.
At Sage you can undertake the Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015), which provides graduates with the skills and practical experience to commence immediately in a new career as an aged care professional. The course provides a blend of best practice academic theory from highly experienced teaching staff plus a minimum of 120 hours of industry workplace experience in a residential aged care facility.
The aged care sector may be experiencing big changes, but this creates enormous opportunity for those with a passion for working with the elderly and for making a difference in the community. Sage Institute of Aged Care courses are offered at purpose built campuses at 600 Collins Street in Melbourne CBD, Glen Huntly Road in Elsternwick, and Moorabool Street in Geelong. There is lots of flexibility too, with aged care courses available full-time on weekdays or part-time in the evenings and at weekends, with regular intakes throughout the year.
Aged care is a hugely rewarding career with excellent long term employment and projected demand, so get on board today! Call a Sage expert Career Advisor on 1300 993 993 now to discuss which aged care course is most suitable for you, and find out if you’re eligible for State and Federal Government funding.
Sage Institute of Aged Care – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career.
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