Many residents and staff at NVC Group’s aged care homes celebrated Fiji Day today to acknowledge the connection NVC Group now shares with Fiji.
NVC Group Chairman Janine Reed said NVC Group has been one of several regional businesses to employ Pacific Islanders through the Australian Government’s Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme.
“NVC Group, like many other aged care providers, experienced difficulty in managing and maintaining its workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
“Because we could not hire enough local Care Service Employees to provide essential care to elderly residents living in Autumn Lodge, Riverside Gardens and Cedar Place aged care homes, our organisation successfully applied to the Australian Government to participate in the PALM scheme in 2022.
“So today, on Fiji Day, our residents and staff have said a big thank you to the Fijian carers and hotel services staff who have come here to work in our region to provide the essential daily care needs for our elderly residents living in aged care homes.”
The 10th of October is Fiji Independence Day and it also falls on roughly the one-year anniversary of the first Fijian carers starting work with NVC Group. The day was celebrated at Autumn Lodge in Macksville, Riverside Gardens in Nambucca Heads and Cedar Place in Kempsey with singing, dancing and morning and afternoon teas.
NVC Group is a multi-cultural organisation and it employs a workforce from a broad range of cultural backgrounds. The not-for-profit organisation is still seeking to hire local Care Service Employees. Anyone interested in caring can visit the Careers section of NVC Group’s website and express their interest or contact local Registered Training Organisation, NV College, to enquire about the Care Ready Program on (02) 6568 2100.