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MEDIA RELEASE                                            Wednesday September 28, 2022

Cairns aged care roll out helps older people stay in their own homes

Greater support for older people living in their own homes is being rolled out in Cairns as a program for people in Far North Queensland launches today. The Home Care Workforce Support Program will see more people attracted to training locally, working and stay working in the aged care sector to provide care in their own homes.
“Employing humans for a human-based industry requires a human approach,” says Rose Harris, Manager of Volunteer Engagement with Council on the Ageing Queensland. “ We need to see more workers trained to support older people in their own homes.
“Council on the Aging Queensland wants people from Tully to the Torres Strait to be able to stay in their own homes and get the support they need to keep their independence as they get older. To make this happen we need a significant boost to the workforce.
“The health and social services sector is the leading employer in this region. We are looking forward to working to boost this critical, but often overlooked, workforce supporting people in their own homes and their connection to community.”
A consortium including Council on the Aging Queensland, Skills Hub and Skills Generation is bringing together aged care providers, training and employment organisations to address the current workforce shortage in the Cairns region.
“Older Australians have a strong preference to stay living in their own home when they need support or care,” says Ian Montague, Director of Skills Hubs. “The Royal Commission into Aged Care and Safety shows the clear need for this.
“Connecting people living and working day-in and day-out with older Queenslanders is what we want to do with The Home Care Workforce Support Program in this state. Making home care more visible as a career in Cairns and the far north is a strong focus of the Queensland Program,” says Ian.
An extra 2,400 workers are needed over 2 years for older Queenslanders with approved home care providers and registered training organisations working in The Home Care Workforce Support Program to make this happen.
“The Home Care Workforce Support Program is rolling out across the state,” says Bruce Bell, CEO of Skills Generation. “Regional Workforce Co-ordinators are placing new workers with providers in Cairns and the far north.
“Alongside this we are working with employers, training providers and others in the sector to connect the conversation and take people from where they are at. Thinking outside the box and demystifying the world of training is a key part of the conversation,” says Bruce.

Cairns Launch Home Workforce Support Program
Rydges Esplanade, Abbott St, Cairns, 9am to 1pm
Media vision overlay from 11.30 am
Media Interviews 12.00 pm

The Home Care Workforce Support Program is funded by the Australian government and delivered in Queensland by Council on the Ageing Queensland, Skills Hubs and Skills Generation. More information can be found at

Mark Jeffery, media, 0419 732 583

Rose Harris, COTA Qld, 0484 260 576

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