The Aged Care Workforce Reform Program was established in response to key drivers impacting the ageing and health sector workforces, including:
- The inability of the aged care workforce to meet the future demands brought about by demographic changes in the population (i.e. growth and ageing) as well as the decline in the availability of informal carers for older people.
- The lack of sustainability of arrangements for coordinating the care of clients who are frequent users of services into the future. Coordination is duplicated by the different practitioners and agencies managing these clients, resulting in inefficient use of scarce resources, reduced opportunities for greater productivity, increased avoidable demand on acute services, and dissatisfaction of the workforce, clients and carers.
The role of the national evaluation was to assess the productivity, sustainability and transferability of 26 innovative workforce models implemented across 87 sites involving a range of workforces.