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Renewed calls to regulate personal care workforce

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Australia’s national professional association for nurses has released a report calling for minimum education requirements and nationally consistent terminology for the nation’s unregulated health and aged care workers.

The Australian College of Nursing released the white paper Regulation of the Unregulated Health Care Workforce across the health care system at its annual Policy Summit in Canberra last week.

The paper, which was developed by ACN’s Workforce Sustainability Policy Chapter, investigated the key issues surrounding unregulated health care workers across primary, acute and aged care settings and makes recommendations to the Australian government to improve the workforce.

Among those recommendations, the paper calls for nationally consistent regulation of personal care workers that includes a minimum qualification before working in residential aged care and ongoing professional development.

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

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