Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room!

Date Published: 10-02-14

One of the regions fastest growing employment sectors, Aged Care, is hosting The Elephant in the Room Aged Care Conference on 29-30 April at the Crowne Plaza, Terrigal.
A successful grant application by Regional Development Australia Central Coast, developed in partnership with CEO’s of regional Aged Care providers, key education providers and the Central Coast Aged Care Workforce Innovation Network (WIN) project, will provide three new initiatives on the Central Coast; the Elephant in the Room Conference, a regional Workforce Development Strategy and a DVD focused on Consumer Directed Care.

The Conference will spark a much-needed frank discussion on the region’s ageing demographic challenges, and inspire possible solutions to keep local aged care businesses sustainable in the face of reform and industry-wide pressures.

“This conference aims to foster industry collaboration, celebrate local innovation and inspire regional solutions that will ensure the Central Coast has quality aged care services now and well into the future,” said John Mouland, CEO of Regional Development Australia Central Coast.

The Central Coast was selected as one of the 10 regions in Australia for the Aged Care WIN project because of its demographics: 28 per cent of its population is aged over 55 compared with the state and national average of 22 per cent. Projections also indicate that by 2030, 37 per cent of the region’s population will be aged 55-plus.
“The region is also home to 38 residential aged care facilities and 16 Home and Community Care funded organisations that provide a range of in-home care, aged care, and community services like transport, Meals on Wheels, cleaning and lawn mowing services to thousands of older people” Mr. Mouland said.

Presenters at the Conference will share information, explore solutions and exchange ideas to deal with local and national issues associated with an ageing population, an increased demand for aged services and current workforce challenges.

The Aged Care WIN is a national project developed by CS&HISC to support key regions around the country to prepare for reform and demographic change; and assist individual organisations to redesign their business and workforce models to remain viable.  The WIN project has been produced with the assistance of funding provided by the Commonwealth Government through the Department of Industry.

Registrations for the Conference are essential. Visit www.cshisc.com.au for more details.