New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) chief executive SIMON WALLACE says it has been a year of massive change, advocacy and negotiation for the aged care sector, largely due to the pay equity settlement.
While some New Zealand rest homes are on the brink of closure owing to a shortfall in pay equity settlement funding, it has come to light that others will be overfunded to the tune of $34 million. JUDE BARBACK investigates how the pay equity settlement has affected the residential aged care sector.
With confirmation of poor care delivery in one corner of the sector and allegations of discriminatory pay levels in another, the public cries for more transparency and fairer pay in aged care are getting louder. Change feels imminent, but what shape will it take? By JUDE BARBACK.
INsite is in the process of investigating the extent to which “overs” are over-funded and “unders” are under-funded.
JUDE BARBACK says the NZACA's annual conference couldn't have come at a better time.
Mental health support workers are clinging to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's pre-election assurance that mental health workers would be included in the equal pay settlement, which applies only to aged care, disability, and home support workers.
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.
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.
New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) chief executive SIMON WALLACE provides clarity around the Association's role and stance on the pay equity settlement process.
INsite meets JOANNE BOTTING, an Activities Coordinator and Diversional Therapist at Walmsley House in Dunedin.