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This Aged Care Employee Day, COTA NT says thanks for caring

7 Aug 2023

Today on Australia Aged Care Employee Day, COTA NT would like to say #ThanksforCaring to the men and women who have work tirelessly to care for senior Territorians. A heartfelt ‘thanks for caring’ and for keeping our loved ones safe and well.

The Aged Care Employee Day is a National Day of Significance for Australia’s aged and community care workforce held on 7 August each year and this year sees its 5th celebration. The day celebrates the more than 427,000 residential care, home care and retirement living staff who care for over 1.5 million older Australians.

ACCPA CEO Tom Symondson said workers in aged care had gone above and beyond the call of duty in this past year and continue to face immense challenges in providing care and support for older Australians.  “Aged Care Employee Day has become an important date in our calendar and reminds us of the caring and professional work of our aged care staff. They’re the backbone, the people who support our elders day in and day out.  They make the lives of older Australians better,” Mr Symondson said. 

“Our aged care staff have faced the most challenging of conditions and been tested to the limit during the COVID pandemic, but they’ve proven to be care ‘superheroes.’  They’ve provided essential care to beloved older residents, while colleagues were struck down with Covid or forced to isolate. Be they personal carers, nurses, kitchen and laundry staff, diversion therapy staff, allied health professionals, administrators, gardeners or volunteers they have all worked above and beyond the call of duty to keep our vulnerable older Australians cared for and safe.

“ACCPA has worked tirelessly with the federal Government to deliver a fully funded 15% increase in the award rates for Aged Care Workers because they deserve it. We’re continuing to advocate for all workers in stage three of the fair work case.” 

COTA NT joins ACCPA in congratulating our aged care heroes in the Territory and across Australia for their dedication, their compassion and their hard work and we encourage Territorians to give them the recognition they so deserve. 

 

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