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Aged care workforce not keeping pace with increasing acuity of residents

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Personal care workers are likely doing the work of enrolled nurses in Australia’s residential aged care homes, according to new research from Curtin University.

The report from Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and released today examines the health and aged care sectors in Western Australia including the demand for services and the workforce delivering these services in WA and nationally.

It found the number of WA aged care residents assessed as having high care needs in areas of complex health care increased from 12.7 per cent to 51.8 per cent between 2008 and 2017.

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