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Academics propose better conditions for aged care workers

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A new report is calling for urgent reform of aged care working conditions and benchmarks for decent conditions to support the sector to provide high-quality services.

Among recommendations is the introduction of 12 weeks paid end-of-life leave for carers, superannuation on paid parental leave and access to replacement care for carers of a person with a disability, chronic illness, or frailty due to old age.

The Australian Work and Family Policy Roundtable, which is a research network of 32 academics from 17 universities and research institutions nationally, released Work, Care & Family Policies Election Benchmarks 2019 on Wednesday ahead of the federal election on 18 May.

The researchers investigated key issues with existing public policies, such as safe workplaces, decent work hours and job security, and sustainable and high-quality care services, to develop the research-informed policy benchmark for government.

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Source:
Sandy Cheu, 2019, Australian Ageing Agenda (https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/about/)

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