The Australian aged care sector is facing a critical workforce shortage.

People are living longer than ever before, often with greater frailty, as indicated in a KPMG report. The number of Australians aged 85 years and over is expected to surpass 1.5 million by 2058.

According to the Migration Agency, as the demand for aged care services increases, the workforce available to meet this demand is declining. The Committee for Economic Development of Australia projects a shortfall of 110,000 workers by 2030. Retention issues and high turnover rates are a key challenge, making it difficult for providers to maintain a stable and skilled workforce. Staff shortages can result in increased workloads, burnout, and reduced job satisfaction among workers. The impact of these workforce challenges is profound, not only affecting the financial sustainability of a business but also the quality of care provided to elderly residents. 

With the 215 mandatory care minute requirement just over three months away, it is essential that providers address this challenge. 

Join us for this exclusive webinar in collaboration with Lockton Australia, as we delve into strategies aimed at tackling workforce challenges across the Australian aged care sector.

This webinar will also explore the following: 

  • The financial impact of using agency staff and how to keep your care minutes in balance, putting less stress on your rosters.  
  • Understanding the employee experience from onboarding to departure and its impact on turnover. 
  • Examining workforce participation and what individuals need to stay motivated at work. 
  • Exploring factors that contribute to employee retention and analysing the costs associated with employee leave and the overall impact on operations. 
  • Managing an aging workforce and addressing the needs of older employees. 

Additionally, our panel of industry leaders will share their experiences and insights into what they have been doing to tackle these challenges so far, and their strategies going forward. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and strategies to help build a happy and engaged workforce and boost staff retention. 

Joining us on the industry panel

Kim Riley

General Manager, Quirindi Care Services



Kim Riley is the General Manager of Eloura Residential Aged Care Facility, a small stand alone, not for profit home run by Quirindi Care Services Ltd in rural NSW. Kim is a registered nurse with an extensive background in gerontology.

Peter Williams

CEO, OneCare



Peter currently serves as the CEO of OneCare Limited, a prominent not-for-profit aged care provider in Tasmania. With a career in the healthcare industry that began in 1990, Pete is a Registered Nurse and has earned multiple postgraduate qualifications, including a Master’s in Clinical Education and Business. In 2022, he was honoured as a Tasmanian Churchill Fellow, receiving the Meg Gilmartin national scholarship. This accolade supported his research into international aged care models, focusing on their applicability to the Tasmanian context.

Russell Bricknell – MBA; BSc; Dip Ed; FAICD

CEO, Juniper Aged Care



Russell was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Juniper in December 2022. Russell has an extensive background in the aged care and community services sector since 2001. He was previously the Chief Executive of a faith-based aged care provider serving metropolitan and regional Western Australian communities, Chief Executive of an Aged Care education provider, overseeing operations in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand, and held several senior executive and CEO roles in not-for-profit and faith-based aged, disability and community services organisations in QLD, NSW and VIC. Russell is the current Chair of the Board of the Human Services Skills Organisation and has been a Non-Executive Director since February 2020.

Maryann Curry

Chief Executive Residential Care, Anglicare



Maryann is an experienced health and aged care executive and external advisor who has worked within the Australian aged care and health sector for over 20 years. Currently Maryann is the Chief Executive of Residential Care at Anglicare, which services over 2,400 residents, across its 23 care homes supported by a 3,500 strong workforce. Maryann has held numerous senior executive positions in Australia including Estia Health and The Salvation Army, and was previously the Clinical Director for Bupa Villages and Aged Care, where she coordinated a team of more than 10,000 employees across 72 care homes to deliver significant improvements to the quality of care for its 6000 residents and also lead the Covid pandemic response nationally.
Maryann is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has held numerous Board positions including Member of the Health Professional Councils Authority, Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of NSW and Board Director of the Australian College of Nursing.
Maryann is currently appointed to the Core Advisory Group of the DVA Aged Care Taskforce.

Your host and guest speaker

Andrew

Andrew Farmer

Partner, Mirus Australia


Andrew’s focus is to enable growth and change through innovation and empowering people. As a Partner of Mirus Australia, Andrew leads the business strategy so that Mirus performs the best way it can for its people and customers. With 30 years experience across major industries including Health, Banking, Manufacturing and Consulting, Andrew has specialisation in sales and marketing leadership, commercialisation, strategy, innovation, workshop design and facilitation, analysis/problem solving and articulating value.

Morag Fitzsimons

Head of People Advisory, Lockton Australia


Morag is the Head of People Advisory at Lockton Australia, with over 31 years of experience in the Workers’ Compensation Industry. Morag has worked across financial, aged care, distribution, construction, manufacturing, and government sectors, tailoring solutions to each organisation’s unique needs. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with a Masters in Management (Personal Injury), Morag focuses on maintaining workforce participation to ensure profitability and viability. From the creation of management systems to manage illness and injury, whether work-related or due to chronic conditions, to bespoke programs that meet the needs of a mature workforce, Morag’s goal is to help businesses flourish and continue to employ Australians who are engaged and present at their workplace.

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