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Opinion: what the pay equity settlement really means for aged care

INsite editor JUDE BARBACK reflects on what yesterday's pay equity settlement announcement means for the sectors involved.

Pay equity settlement – the big announcement

From July 1 caregivers will receive a pay rise between 15 and 50 per cent, depending on their qualifications and/or experience.

Equal pay settlement reached – caregivers wages to increase

Employees of New Zealand’s aged care, community support and disability sectors will be pleased to hear that their pay will be increasing by a substantial amount, following the much-anticipated settlement of the long-running equal pay case.

Aged care worker could be deported after 10 years in the job

News that Filipina rest home worker Julie Garcia could be deported despite being a valued employee at Kaitaia’s Switzer Residential Care home for the past ten years, has angered those who say we need migrant workers to boost our aged care workforce.

Decline in new nurses in mentored rest home programmes

The number of new nurses being employed by rest homes and aged care hospitals through mentored new graduate programmes has fallen this year – despite keen applicants still job-hunting.

Meet Labour’s new spokesperson for Health: Q&A with Dr David Clark

INsite editor Jude Barback asks Labour's new spokesperson for Health, Dr David Clark, about Labour's stance on issues relating to aged care, home health and retirement and the party's priorities when it comes to older New Zealanders.

Action plan launched for palliative care services

An action plan to address the growing demands on adult palliative care services has been launched, with a focus on responding to consumer feedback.

Show some respect: the key to quality of life for older adults

Treating elderly people in long-term care facilities with respect and dignity significantly increases their quality of life, according to new research from Massey University, in partnership with Metlifecare.

Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

Attitudes to sexuality in aged care need to change

A pilot study exploring attitudes to sexuality in aged residential care facilities highlights the need for better understanding of the intimacy needs of the elderly.


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