Working in Residential Aged Care: A Trans-Tasman comparison

ER Publishing Ltd
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New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 2013, 38 (2), pp. 33 - 46
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Residential aged care has become an issue of critical interest in developed countries, including Australia and New Zealand, due to an ageing population and workforce. The ageing population has contributed to concerns about ensuring a sustainable labour supply to the sector. A key barrier to a sustainable workforce in residential aged care in Australia and New Zealand is the physically and emotionally demanding work, which is undervalued and low paid. This article compares the regulatory frameworks for residential aged care in New Zealand and Australia, and considers why, despite different environments, the outcomes for residential aged care workers are very similar. There is scant comparative research in residential aged care, particularly between New Zealand and Australia. This article provides an important overview of the regulatory environment in a sector that is increasingly important to the public, policy makers and researchers.
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