26 September 2023

Praise for frontline aged care workers

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Australia’s aged care employees were thanked last week on Aged Care Employee Day (7 August) for their hard work over the past year.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Richard Colbeck said the Day was an important opportunity to thank the more than 360,000 aged care nurses, personal care workers, allied health professionals, cooks, cleaners and administrators who worked across the sector.

“Our aged care employees at every level work tirelessly to ensure the safety and quality of care of senior and vulnerable Australians,” Senator Colbeck said.

“These are people who never discriminate and always put the care and wellbeing of others at the forefront,” he said.

“It is the kind of dedication that deserves recognition.”

Senator Colbeck said the aged care workforce was particularly important to Australia’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is the second Aged Care Employee Day since the pandemic hit and we know all too well the significant impact it has had,” he said.

“As we respond to the latest outbreak in Greater Sydney and South East Queensland, the commitment and professionalism of aged care employees remains vital to the safety of those most vulnerable to this terrible disease.”

The Minister said many aged care workers took on additional training over the past year and had worked harder than ever to protect senior Australians and provide support to families who had suffered the loss of a loved one.

“To all those employees we say thank you for providing the respect, care and dignity senior Australians deserve,” Senator Colbeck said.

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