More aged care hubs needed
MORE aged care services could be needed in the North Burnett, with aged care facilities full, and forecasts that demand for services will increase.
“All of our (aged care) facilities in the North Burnett area are full at the moment, and there are early plans for a new one at Biggenden so the market is obviously there,” North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh said.
Bringing more elderly residents to the area would then create job chances for younger generations working in aged care.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed in 2012 that 20.8%, or 2151 people, in the North Burnett were over 65, and the population percentage in that age bracket has grown every year.
A new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report stated one in six people over 65 were in aged care, so if that rings true there should be about 358 people looking for aged care services in our region every year. This reveals a lot of room for growth at the local level.
By also enticing city or coastal residents to enjoy their twilight years in the country, the aged care industries could help the North Burnett pave the way to meet a Queensland Plan aim to grow regional service industries by 50%, by 2044.
In Monto, Ridgehaven Retirement Complex is the biggest service industry employer with 52 full- and part-time staff.