Raising the standards
The government decided against registration for personal care workers in its recent aged care reforms, but that doesn’t mean the debate has ceased. Antonia Maiolo reports.
From cleaning and washing clothes, to cooking meals, to shopping, showering and grooming, Justine Minton does it all in her job. For 3½ years she has worked as a personal care worker (PCW) to the elderly. "I love it, I really connect with the elderly, I get a lot from my relationship with them and I believe they do also," says Minton, who works for Benetas Anglicare Aged Care Services in Melbourne's southern region. It took Minton two days per week over four months, and a hundred hours of professional placement, to receive a Certificate III giving her the skills to become a carer to the...
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