Simon Wallace: 2017 a year of massive change for aged care

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.

Revealed: NZ aged care sector’s $34m pay equity funding surplus

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.

Something’s got to give

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.

Pay equity: Seeking help for the “unders”

INsite is in the process of investigating the extent to which “overs” are over-funded and “unders” are under-funded.

Pay equity and immigration the big talking points at NZACA conference

JUDE BARBACK says the NZACA's annual conference couldn't have come at a better time.

Mental health workers look to new Govt for equal pay settlement

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.

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.

Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open

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

NZACA: “This was never a negotiation”

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.

Day in the life of…an Activities Coordinator

INsite meets JOANNE BOTTING, an Activities Coordinator and Diversional Therapist at Walmsley House in Dunedin.


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