More aged care hubs needed

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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