News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Calls For End to Low Pay for Caregivers

6 October 2004

Nurses Organisation Calls For End to Low Pay for Caregivers

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has asked the Health Select Committee to assess the skills and hard work required of caregivers and address their abysmal wages.

NZNO Aged Care coordinator Cee Payne-Harker told the committee that freezing workers are paid more for working with dead meat than caregivers do for working with live people.

“Caregiving involves so much more than simply the physical care aspects,” said Cee Payne-Harker. “There are all the other things that people require from you.”

An NZNO survey on caregivers’ pay released by NZNO last week found 70% of caregivers surveyed earnt between $10 and $12 an hour. The average hourly rate for men is $19.58. 97% of caregivers’ husbands and 98% of caregivers’ children earned more than their partners and mothers.

Cee Payne-Harker said training was needed to work with our most vulnerable elderly. There were not enough training opportunities in the sector and even when caregivers were trained, their qualifications were not recognised in their pay.

“There is very little monetary reward for caregivers who have gained more knowledge and skills through their work or qualifications,” she said.

“Financial investment by the government in the training of caregivers, and financial recognition of this qualification for caregivers, would benefit the whole aged care sector.”

Cee Payne-Harker said fully funded foundation skills training would have a direct positive impact on the quality of care provided to older persons in residential and home care settings and a significant impact on workforce recruitment and the ongoing retention of caregiving staff.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news