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A $12.6 MILLION program
providing a national network of
business advisors and tailored
grants for aged care providers in
preparation for the Living Longer
Living Better reforms will kick off
from July 1.
The Aged Care Workforce
Innovation Network (WIN) will
deliver free 'Reform Ready
Reviews' (RRRs) to around
200 providers in 10 regions.
Participating providers will then
be able to apply for up to $15,000
in grant funding to implement the
The Aged Care WIN was
officially launched in June by
the Federal Minister for Higher
Education and Skills, Sharon
Bird, at the Barossa Village
Aged Care Facility in Nuriootpa,
Minister Bird said the national
network will support organisations
to act now to meet the challenges
"The free Reform Ready
Reviews will help businesses
identify what they need to remain
sustainable in a rapidly changing
industry," Ms Bird said.
The Aged Care WIN will be
delivered by Community Services
and Health Industry Skills Council
(CS&HISC) in consultation with
the two national peaks, Aged and
Community Services Australia and
Leading Age Services Australia.
The 10 regions involved in
the roll out are Caboolture on
Queensland's Sunshine Coast;
the Mid North Coast, Central
Coast and Illawarra regions
of New South Wales; North
West Melbourne; South East
Melbourne; Northern Adelaide;
Tasmania; the South Perth/Peel
region in Western Australia; and
the Northern Territory.
Each region has an Aged Care
WIN Business Partner who will
provide support to individual aged
care organisations by reviewing
their business models and skills
mix in line with the Living Longer
Living Better reform agenda.
The WIN business partners
will also provide support at the
regional level by identifying and
supporting opportunities for
sustainable regional initiatives.
CS&HISC CEO Rod Cooke
said the Aged Care WIN would
be particularly important
for regional areas, where
recruitment and training issues
are most challenging.
"Like it or not, aged care reform
will force aged care providers to
modernise, innovate and move
to a system that is guided by the
consumer," Mr Cooke said.
"Small and large aged care
providers will need to change
their business models and
workforce structures to get up to
speed with the reforms.
"Under the proposed reforms,
operators will have to become
businesses in the true sense,
compete in the marketplace for
the attention of older clients and
offer quality health and aged
"If they don't, they might be
pushed out of the market and
cease to exist," Mr Cooke said.
Regional provider Barossa Village
Aged Care took part in the pilot
program earlier this year. CEO
Phil Schmaal said his organisation
has benefited from the review
by getting them to think critically
about the reform process.
"The review provides an
opportunity to look, sit back and
review the capacity for some of
the reform and to ask and answer
questions boards and CEOs
haven't considered because they
have been too busy putting out the
day-to-day fires," Mr Schmaal said.
It is also an opportunity for
smaller providers to receive
professional advice and the
information they may not
otherwise have the resources to
access, he said.
"There are many large
organisations with multiple sites
that have been able to work it out
for themselves," Mr Schmaal said.
"[However], many smaller
regional and rural-owned aged
care providers don't have the
same resources and sometimes
struggle to have the ability to
have things analysed.
"It is important throughout
the reform process that we don't
lose the small community-owned
organisations in regional and
Without the locally-owned
organisations, the level of
community engagement is not as
significant, he said.
The program is funded by a
government investment of $10
million from the National Workforce
Development Fund, plus an
industry contribution of $2.6 million.
The government contribution
includes $9.1 million for the
Aged Care WIN and $800,000 for
The research projects aim to
identify better career paths for
nurses; investigate the changing
roles of carers and community care
workers; and develop leadership
skills in the aged care sector. n
For more information on the
Aged Care WIN program, visit
By Natasha Egan
Phil Schmaal, CEO Barossa Village
Aged Care took part in one of the
first 'Reform Ready Reviews' in
preparation for the LLLB reforms.
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