Operations Manager Aged Care, Village Glen Aged Care Residences
Damien holds the important role of Operations Manager at Village Glen Aged Care Residences and is a Registered Nurse who has worked in aged care for more than 20 years in senior management roles. He has worked in not for profit, public and private aged care facilities in both country Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. His roles have ranged from education to Director of Nursing and CEO with responsibilities for residential, community and retirement living. Damien holds his Masters of Nursing and Masters of Business Administration. Damien has an interest in education and career development pathways in the aged care industry.
Workforce Attraction & Retention
The aged care sector faces a complex web of challenges when it comes to workforce attraction and retention. One of the primary challenges is the increasing demand for skilled professionals amidst a shortage of qualified workers. As the ageing population grows, there’s a pressing need for more healthcare providers, nurses, and support staff, putting immense strain on recruitment efforts. Additionally, the demanding nature of the work, can lead to burnout and high turnover rates among aged care workers. The industry must also contend with issues related to competitive compensation and perceived limited career advancement opportunities, which can deter potential employees and cause existing ones to seek better prospects elsewhere. These multifaceted challenges require a comprehensive approach, including improved training programs, better working conditions, and enhanced recognition for the vital role that aged care workers play in our communities.