In order to protect residents, staff, and the wider community, it is critical to evaluate and understand the adequacy and challenges of IPC measures in aged care outbreaks. This research project will use qualitative methodology to capture and illuminate the experiences of aged care workers using IPC measures.
In Australia, COVID-19 is a public health crisis that has disproportionately affected aged care. To 22 October 2021, there have been 462 outbreaks in Australian aged care facilities, affecting 2,797 residents and 2,696 staff (Source: Department of Health). There are currently no published studies of aged care worker experiences with Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures in Australia. In a 2016 Australian Workforce survey, Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) comprised 70% of the aged care workforce, followed by Registered Nurses (15%) and Enrolled Nurses (10%).
As a group, the voices of PCAs are largely unheard. This study will complement published quantitative research findings, to enable a deeper understanding of how aged care settings may be better supported in future.
If you are interested in participating and would like more information, please contact VICNISS via phone 9342-9333 (Monday to Friday) or email VICNISS@mh.org.au with the heading “Victorian Aged Care Workers”, your contact details and the best time to contact you.