Australia to build more skilled nursing facilities in 2018
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Posted January 27, 2018 10:02:03More than 40 per cent of Australians have less than a tertiary education, and the number of people without a qualification is on the rise, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANAFC).
Key points:An estimated 40 per in 40 Australians are without a tertical education and about a quarter are unemployedAn increase in the number without a degree has seen an increase in Australians without a certificate, including people with less than six years’ experienceAs a result, the Council is proposing the construction of more skilled and flexible nursing facilities, with the aim of improving access to tertiary care and providing more people with a qualification.
More than 100 nursing facilities are currently being built across the country and ANAFC is calling for the construction to continue for up to five years.
In 2017, the average number of nurses working in the sector dropped to 24.3 per cent, according the ANABC, which represents nursing organisations and the private sector.
“We are in a time of unprecedented changes in the workforce and our workforce needs to be trained in the skills that we need,” ANAAC president Michael O’Neill said.
“Our current workforce is not prepared to deal with this, it’s not prepared for the pressures that come with the modern world and the global economy.”
Mr O’Neil said the government had also been investing in education to help improve the health of Australians.
“If we are going to keep our workforce healthy and have good health outcomes, we have to have access to quality education,” he said.
“We’re investing in the education system.”
The number of nursing jobs in Australia is expected to reach 5.4 million by 2020, according an ANA survey published in April.
That number includes 457 visas holders, who are employed by the private and public sectors.
Mr O ‘Neill said he was not worried about the number working in hospitals and other institutions, but wanted to see more people trained in nursing.
“It’s a real concern when you see the numbers of Australians without training and the people who are not getting trained,” he told the ABC.
“I would like to see the government really invest in their workforce so we can build the kind of skilled nursing and midwiferies that are needed in Australia.”
Posted January 27, 2018 10:02:03More than 40 per cent of Australians have less than a tertiary education, and the number…