‘Impending crisis’ as workers set to quit over pay, stress

The aged care royal commission found nursing home staffing levels are inadequate (Bigstock)

Almost 50,000 aged care staff – close to 20 per cent of the workforce – say they are preparing to leave the sector within a year due to low pay and stress. Source: The Australian.

And the majority of workers don’t see a long-term future working in aged care, with almost two-thirds of existing staff flagging an exit within five years, a new report finds.

The study by aged care technology provider CompliSpace based on a survey of 1000 workers, creates additional pressure on an industry already expected to face future staff shortfalls due to the ageing of the population.

The report says many workers are disillusioned by poor pay, excessive stress and the amount of paperwork they are required to complete, which takes time away from actual care of those they are looking after. But one in three of the 277,000 paid residential aged care workforce say they want to still be working in the sector in a decade.

CompliSpace chief executive officer David Griffiths said Australia’s nursing home industry faced “an impending crisis of staff turnover”, with 47,000 workers planning to leave within the next 12 months alone, and 180,000 over five years.

The sector needed to consider incentives to retain wavering workers and support committed workers to mentor the next generation of carers, he said.

The aged care royal commission found current nursing home staffing levels are inadequate, concluding that 20 per cent more staff were required just to bring care to an acceptable level; 50 per cent more to reach best practice.

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Workers set to flee nursing homes over low pay and stress (By Stephen Lunn, The Australian

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