Mrs Tammie Guy1
1Comlink, Sunshine Coast, Australia
While the Aged Care sector attracts almost 250,000 direct care employees in Australia, it continues to face a serious skills shortage. Furthermore, meeting the genuine needs of our clients requires a stable workforce, and this stability can be difficult to maintain as funding changes and the sector lives under a media microscope. Doing ‘more with less ’ now appears to be a proprietary discipline. So, is there a meaningful place for volunteers in our industry?
Statistics show Australia has a rich volunteering community, with millions of volunteers giving up their time to support and assist sporting clubs, children’s services, religious groups and emergency services. However, Aged Care continues to be a neglected pathway, despite the fact that volunteers often include highly-skilled, educated people looking to make a difference in the world.
Could a creative, evidence-based approach to engaging volunteers be part of the Aged Care sector of the future?
In this session, we will explore:
- The positive impact volunteering can have on our clients and our industry as a whole, including the purposeful roles a volunteer might play within our industry
- How research demonstrates that volunteering can have a positive effect on the mental health and wellbeing of both the volunteers and clients
- The financial return on investment for building a structured volunteer program, and a case study of how volunteers stretch the funding dollar even further
- Contemporary strategies for attracting cross-generational volunteers to what can be perceived as a ‘dull and grey industry’.