Australia Suffers Severe Shortage of Aged Care Workers with European Language Skills

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Demand is strong for aged care workers who speak European languages. Aside from language skills, aged care workers will need ongoing education offered by firms like Wellness & Lifestyles Education.

Regardless of the language skills they possess, aged care workers will need continuing education to stay abreast of changes in the industry and learn to serve their patients better. Wellness & Lifestyles Education offers this education online.

Due to a shortage in aged care workers that are fluent in European languages, many aged care facilities are petitioning for temporary workers overseas. Whether they speak a European language or not, aged care workers will need to stay updated in their field through ongoing education.

According to Cardinal Stepinac Village, an aged care facility catering to Croatians, there is a severe shortage of aged care workers who speak European languages well enough to serve the growing elderly population of European descent. This is especially true for those elders suffering from dementia. They usually lose their ability to speak, and need aged care staff who can understand and communicate with them. This requires that the aged care worker speak and understand European languages very well.

The growing need for European language-speaking aged care workers has prompted ten aged care facilities serving the European communities to petition for temporary workers with European language skills. The need emerged due to several factors. Firstly, many people with the requisite European language skills choose to work in another field because aged care work is not glamorous. Furthermore, those who are of European descent may not have learnt their parents’ languages. Therefore, they do not have the requisite language skills to serve the growing population of European elders in Australia.

However, United Care, a union representing 300,000 aged care workers in Australia, does not think that Australia needs to resort to overseas recruitment. The union argues that there are enough qualified Australian workers with the necessary language skills. The only barrier that is keeping facilities from hiring them is low wage.

Regardless of the language skills they possess, aged care workers will need continuing education to stay abreast of changes in the industry and learn to serve their patients better. Wellness & Lifestyles Education offers this education online. “Taking these courses online allows busy workers to save time and hassle on commuting to classes. It’s also easier for them to fit the education into their schedules because the courses are so accessible,” says Nick Heywood-Smith, Owner of Wellness & Lifestyles Education.

About Wellness & Lifestyles Education

Wellness & Lifestyles Education (W&L) is Australia’s leading provider of online aged care training. W&L has been providing educational training to health care and aged care facilities since 2004. They aim to educate nurses, therapists, carers and family members about issues associated with ageing to improve the care of the elderly around the world.

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