Publicly Funded Domiciliary Aged Care: A Workforce Case Study
This presentation begins with an overview of Australia’s ageing workforce and population with particular reference to implications for the publicly funded domiciliary aged care industry. It is argued that this demographic situation does not represent a crisis, but employers must act now to avert future problems. It is argued that as employers respond to skill shortages they will seek to embed their high performing employees more in their employment and the health and well-being of employees will be given increased prominence. It has been reported that younger employees, especially women, are integrating work and life in ways that are different from their older colleagues. To facilitate understanding of these differences life course theory, the emergence of culture and the social construction of generations are discussed. Consideration is given to the possibility that these younger employees may require different incentives to remain in the workforce or with their particular employer. The industrial justice implications of this are explored with particular reference to traditional public employment environments where regulations abound and apply equally to all employees. It is argued that public employers need to be supported in targeting their responses to different groups of employees in ways that are transparently fair.
Keywords: Domiciliary Aged Care, Government, Workforce, Culture, Life Course, Intergenerational Relations, Generations
Doctoral Candidate, School of Communication