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J Aging Soc Policy. 2013;25(4):301-19. doi: 10.1080/08959420.2013.816166.

Work satisfaction and intention to leave among direct care workers in community and residential aged care in Australia.

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  • 1a Principal Researcher, National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University , Adelaide , Australia.


Turnover in the Australian aged-care workforce is lower than in the United States but is still of concern. This research examined the effects of worker satisfaction, worker characteristics, work conditions, and workplace environment on intention to leave, using data from a 2007 national census of the aged-care workforce. A probit model was used to estimate the probability of care workers leaving their jobs in the next 12 months. While workers were satisfied, overall, with their work, improving some components of satisfaction and converting casual contracts to permanent work would reduce intention to leave. To these ends, a shift in focus is required away from worker characteristics and the nature of care work to job conditions and organizational matters amenable to management and policy action.

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