In Summary

  • Swinburne Vocational Education Director Mish Eastman has been appointed to the Aged Services Industry Reference Committee
  • The Committee will help shape Australia’s future aged services workforce to ensure the best care for older Australians

Swinburne’s Mish Eastman, Executive Director Pathways and Vocational Education (PAVE) Operations has been appointed to the Aged Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to help shape Australia’s future aged services workforce.

Setting the competencies and skills needed to deliver safe and quality aged care services in Australia is the aim of the IRC which brings industry, health professionals, education and training bodies and consumers together.

Ms Eastman will be the national representative for the Vocational Education sector and draws on her experience in the health and education fields to ensure Australia’s national education and training system is able to deliver an agile workforce to provide care to older Australians.

“As well as my expertise in vocational education and training, I also have a background in nursing and health so I bring a unique perspective to the committee, grounded in a history of working in the health services industry,” Ms Eastman said.

“This committee is a timely and important piece of work and one that has the opportunity to create lasting impact and change. It will help Australia respond to its ageing population and ensure we have the right models of care, training and skills frameworks that will help us create a sustainable and supportive environment for older Australians.”

The IRC has been established by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to respond to relevant recommendations in the recently released  Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy. The AISC is chaired by Professor John Pollaers OAM, who will take up the Chancellor position at Swinburne in 2019.

Professor John Pollaers OAM, welcomed the strong interest and support from industry to participate and contribute to the IRC.

“The committee will have an important role in examining the skills requirements for current and emerging job roles across the sector, improved approaches to career progression, and the education pathways across both the vocational and higher education sectors needed to support these,” Professor Pollaers said.