Sustaining The Care Sector's Workforce

The disability and allied health sub-sectors work together with other professionals to ensure the economic and social participation of people with disabilities in addition to reaching their life goals. A capable and dedicated workforce with the right skills and training is central to helping disabled people live ordinary lives. Preliminary briefings in recent times have raised concerns about ongoing workforce challenges, training needs and skill gaps in the disability and allied health sub-sectors across all Australian jurisdictions have gained attention. In addition, workforce issues are expected to worsen due to increased demand for workers based on governments' decision to increase NDIS funding from 1.3% to 1.7% of the Gross Domestic Product between 2020-2030. 

The ongoing national workforce challenges have made it prudent for stakeholders within the disability and allied health sub-sectors in the Northern Territory to discuss the workforce issues, training, and skill gaps and provide localised solutions. As a result, the ISACNT is calling on stakeholders within the disability and allied health sub-sectors in the NT to share their experiences about attracting, recruiting, and retaining workers, as well as providing suggestions to address the sub-sectors' workforce challenges.  

All stakeholders who are interested in participating in this research or require further clarification should please contact the research team;

Matthew Abunyewah

08 8967 1592

matthew.abunyewah@isacnt.org.au

Bettina Blackwood

08 8967 1594

bettina.blackwood@isacnt.org.au