Allied Health Aged Care Workforce Model
New model finds 25,000 allied health workers needed to meet care standards
The Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences is raising the alarm over a predicted shortfall in allied health workers in aged care as the Australian population grows and ages.
A new model, commissioned by the ACDHS, allows policy makers to see how different policy settings would affect the numbers of allied health workers needed in Australia over the coming years.
Currently, Australians receiving aged care are on average only receiving 8 minutes of allied health care a day. The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommended that be raised to 22 minutes a day to bring Australia in line with international standards.
NB: The Report itself and access to the systems data is available to members of the Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences and to the Ministerial offices of the Australian Government.