Townsville hosts aged care hearing tomorrow


An inquiry into the future of the country’s aged care workers will hear evidence from local organisations when it conducts a hearing in Townsville tomorrow (Thursday 23 February).

Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald will attend the hearing, which will be held at the Tony Ireland Stadium from 8.30am-3.30pm tomorrow.

Senator Macdonald said representatives from a number of local agencies would give evidence at the hearing, including Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council, James Cook University, the Lower Burdekin Home for the Aged, Warrina Innisfail and BlueCare.

The Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry is investigating how to ensure the aged care workforce will grow and develop to meet the needs of Australia’s ageing population. As the proportion of older Australians increases over the next 40 years, the aged care workforce is expected to quadruple to meet the increasing demand for aged care services. 

Senator Macdonald said it was vital to ensure older people had access to the standard of care they deserve.

“Given the huge demand for aged care services that is anticipated in coming years, there is also a very real opportunity to create long-term employment for our region,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The aged care sector is a major growth industry and I look forward to some positive outcomes as a result of this inquiry, not only in terms of sustainable jobs, but quality health care solutions for the elderly in our community.”  

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