The Australian Government is encouraging Australians looking for a diverse and rewarding job to consider care and support work in a new national campaign: A Life Changing Life. The campaign features real life carer / senior Australian relationships.
The campaign comes off the back of the Royal Commission finding that Australia is facing an industry wide shortage of support workers over the coming years. Building a strong care and support workforce will be essential for Australia’s ageing population, as well as disability and veterans support.
As highlighted by the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), 83,000 additional workers will be needed in the coming years to service the NDIS alone. This is reinforced by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, who said that Australia will need one million aged care workers by 2050. The ‘A Life Changing Life’ campaign showcases the rewarding opportunities available in the sector, focused on building a strong and sustainable workforce.
‘A Life Changing Life’ features stories from people working in the care industry and their clients, such as the story of Mandy & Elizabeth.
Mandy provides home care for Elizabeth in order to help the spirited 90 year old stay independent. The pair have formed a fantastic rapport over their time together.
“I can’t believe Elizabeth is 90. She’s quick witted. She’s with it.” said Mandy.
Elizabeth enjoys the opportunity to maintain her independence following a heart attack a few years ago.
“I know that I’m not on my own. I have company when I want to. Before that I was in the house on my own.” Elizabeth said.
A new website has been created where people can apply for jobs and research opportunities in the sector and pathways into care roles.
There are many benefits of working in the aged care industry. They include:
At Prestige Inhome Care, we give our support workers to opportunities for training and development and reward their loyalty and achievements via our reward and recognition program. We provide extensive support through our employee assistance program.
We would encourage you to learn more about our employment opportunities, as well as our culture and the benefits of working for Prestige Inhome Care. We are Australia’s fastest growing in-home support service and we employ more than 600 staff to support senior Australians and people living with a disability.
We asked our carers recently what they love about working in aged care.
“I love working with my Aged clients in their own homes just knowing that I am giving them that independence that we all crave for, and just seeing them chatty, smiling and happy is one of the biggest thrills working in this industry!” – John
“It’s a privilege to be able to share just a moment with any of them and to help even in a small way even if its just a cup of tea or a smile.” – Johannah