A Life Changing Life - Promoting the Care & Support Sector

Ensuring the home support and services sector is able to meet the demand for home care services with appropriately trained and qualified people is an issue facing all Australians.

The Federal Government has recently launched “A Life Changing A Life” multi-media campaign to assit in addressing the concerns of a critical staff shortage over the next few years.

Lookout is the only digital care management platform built by care, for care. We understand the workforce issues facing the sector – the need to find the right staff, to deliver the right care, at the right time.

The Lookout Way team believe that to attract first class talent, you need to provide first class tools that respect and empower their potential.

Lookout plays a significant role in enabling more efficient workforce planning and use of resource through telehealth and remote care monitoring services. Lookout also provides the professional tools and support required to attract talented staff into the sector.

We are also extremely proud and excited that our sister company, Five Good Friends' Member Elizabeth and her Helper Mandy are just two of the real people enlisted to share their story in a national campaign aimed at encouraging thousands more people to join the care and support sector.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Minister Linda Reynolds told the ABC, $13.3 million had been committed over 12 months to sell the benefits of working in the care sectors.

"We've estimated that between aged care, veterans and disability, we need at least another 130,000 to 150,000 workers over the next few years."

Ms Reynolds said they hadn't used paid actors but real people with disability, older people and veterans, along with their support and care workers.

And she said it would bust myths about support work – including that it doesn't pay well.

"There are good salaries across the sector and there are so many different jobs available in this sector, from those that require tertiary qualifications in the allied health professions to support workers of all types," she said.

The Lookout Way CEO Simon Lockyer said he wholeheartedly supported the national campaign to attract more workers.

“Workers in the support sector make magic happen by supporting the most vulnerable in our community.”

“The commitment that our home care staff show everyday to deliver high quality care and service is clear. Workers in the sector are genuinely improving lives . But we know there are simply not enough. This campaign could go a long way to welcoming more into the sector. ”

Key points:

  • Australia faces critical staff shortages over the next few years, with thousands more care workers needed

  • The NDIS alone will require an additional 83,000 support workers by 2024.

  • The Federal Government has committed $13.3 million over 12 months to a multi-media campaign about the benefits of working in the care sectors

  • The campaign features real people with disability, older people and veterans, along with their support and care workers

  • A new website has been created to encourage people to apply for jobs and the campaign extends across social media.