17 Feb 2012 9:43 AM

Australian Nursing Federation Secretary announces "reforms needed to attract the predicted 500,000 more aged care workers needed by 2050

The Federal Government has been warned that Aged Care will reach a crisis if they do not act on a reform now.

At least 30 peak consumer groups  have joined forces to call for aged care reforms in an outdated system.

The Council of the Ageing stated that by 2050, 3.5 million Australians will need aged care services, that is greater than a threefold increase of the current level of care required.

Many older Australians are already finding it hard to find the services they need, there are large waiting lists for both residential and home care services.

Many older people are now choosing to stay at home as long as possible in their family home and prefer to receive care in their own home environment, which will increase the need for aged care staff in the home care sector. This type of service requires a person centred approach in order for the Person to receive the care services they require and this  trend will continue as the population ages.

A spokesperson form the Australian Nursing Federation advised unless there are reforms now, there is no way Australia can attract the predicted 500,000 more aged care workers that will be needed by 2050.

This is not just a matter that affects older Australians now, it will have an impact on all Australians ageing over the next 40 years and beyond.