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of ways, but particularly around
workforce... How we optimise
the use of education and training
assets that are generally held
by the public sector, but can be
used by others."
Accordingly, aged services
are strengthening their
relationship with the state
department of health through the
Tasmanian Clinical Education
Network, which has premier
facilities, particularly in rural and
And recognising the scenario
outlined by Denny, that aged care
will be increasingly competing with
subsectors such as public health
and disability for a shrinking pool
of workers, local aged services
are eyeing a 'community services
If successful, this approach
could have national ramifications.
Earlier this year the Community
Services & Health Industry Skills
Council (CS&HISC) identified
the need for strategic workforce
planning across the care industries
(AAA online, 4 April). The council
said Australia needed a health and
community services workforce plan
that considered the development
of the whole workforce.
On that front, Tasmania
may well be ahead of the pack.
Mathewson says aged services
have already begun discussions
with National Disability Services
in Tasmania. "We're developing a
draft MOU with a particular focus
on how we can collaborate on
workforce," he says.
With all the indictors showing
a future shortage of labour across
the health, disability and aged
care sectors, which all have
common skillsets, it makes sense
to undertake workforce planning
says. "I always say, we have to
collaborate now otherwise it will
be cannibalism later."
SUITE OF PROGRAMS
Elsewhere, local aged services
have developed a range of
programs to attract, recruit and
For example, the Graduate
Nurse Program promotes aged
care as a career pathway of
choice, provides a structured
framework of induction,
collaboration, mentorship and
says Lee Veitch, the CSHISC's
business partner in Tasmania.
The program continues to grow
in popularity, says Veitch, and this
year had 119 applications.
The other initiatives
spearheaded by the sector include
the New Directions program,
which attracts new workers, the
Foundation Skills Program, which
provides literacy and numeracy
training, and the Aiding the Aged
Program (see overleaf).
Importantly, Veitch says each
program is driven by industry,
with steering groups overseeing
the Graduate Nurse Program
and Foundation Skills Program,
and an advisory group recently
established to develop an IT
"That's the really important
element to all of this," she says.
"It is owned and driven by
industry, and everyone has a
stake in it." n
Tasmania: fact file
• Today, 20% of the state's population is aged over 65. By
2034, it will rise to 25%.
• Today, there are 10,000 people aged over 85 in Tasmania. By
2034 that will double to 20,000.
• Since 1992, Tasmania's median age has increased 8.1 years
compared with 4.7 years nationally.
Tasmania's aged care occupations:
Aged & disabled carers
EN & mothercraft nurses
Carers and aides
Tasmania's oldest occupations:
Farmers and farm managers
Train and tram drivers
Bus and coach drivers
Accommodation, hospitality managers
1. Sales assistants
2. General clerks
3. Registered nurses
4. Retail managers
5. Carers -- aged and disability services
1. State Government administration
4. Primary education
5. Aged care (residential services)
SOURCE: Lisa Denny
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