New aged care initiative set to benefit senior Australians living in remote areas.
New aged care initiative set to benefit senior Australians living in remote areas. Bev Lacey

A positive for rural seniors

SENIOR Australians living in remote areas will benefit from a targeted new initiative to sustain, support and expand the aged care workforce in remote communities.

As part of the government's Aged Care Workforce Strategy, experienced remote aged care providers and expert organisations will be joining under the Accord on the Remote Aged Care Workforce.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, welcomed the move.

"The Accord group will provide a unified voice for remote and very remote aged care services,” Mr Wyatt said.

The group is expected to meet at least four times a year to focus on practical action.

"The group will focus on practical action, with the aim of supporting senior Australians to live close to home with the care they need, provided by people they know and trust, who are well trained and connected with their communities,” Mr Wyatt said.

"The industry-led Accord recognises the unique challenges and the importance of finding local solutions to support a safe and rewarding working environment to attract and retain remote area workers.”

The Accord is expected to complement extensive new Government funding and places for regional and remote aged care, including $40million for capital works and expansions, $105.7million for an additional 900 residential and home care places for First Nations aged care, and the regional priority given to the more than 14,000 new residential places allocated in 2018.

For more information go to https://agedcare.health. gov.au/reform/aged-care- workforce-strategy- taskforce.


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