The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) today congratulated the Gillard Government for injecting $1.2 billion over five years for Australia’s under-resourced aged care workforce as a centrepiece of its landmark overhaul of the aged care sector.
ANF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas hailed the reform package announced today as a “victory for hard working nurses and care staff” across the country.
Ms Thomas said that thousands of nurses and assistants in nursing (AIN) will be relieved that the extra funding will go toward higher wages; improved career structures; better training and education and workforce planning.
“This is the largest investment in Australia’s aged care workforce and is a significant victory for the sector’s underpaid nursing and care staff,” she said.
“We are confident this extra funding will now assist in closing the wages gap for aged care workers and results in more nurses being attracted and retained in the sector.
“For the past three years, the ANF’s Because We Care campaign has focused on the delivery of quality care for older Australians, through better wages, staffing levels and skills mix.
“We thank Prime Minister Gillard and the Minister for Ageing Mark Butler for listening,” Ms Thomas added.
Do you work in aged care? What do you think about this long awaited victory? How do you foresee this changing the aged care sector and care of our elderly?
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