Peter’s personal story is a significant driver behind his passion for ensuring older Australians and people with disability have choice and control in the system designed to live a good life, not a rostered one.
“The NDIS is a piece of legislation that puts people at the centre, and they have rights to self-manage their funding. But in aged care, there’s a lot less consumer awareness of how people can take control of their Home Care Package and exercise choice and control.
“Older Australians have a lifetime of capacity from their careers, owning houses, selling cars, running their lives, and in later life, they still want to exercise control, yet the system has tended to be quite ageist. It doesn’t recognise their capacity and embeds a layer of cost that no one can afford,” Peter said.
Mable is also making a difference in a sector increasingly under pressure from workforce constraints.
“Our model enables support to come from within those communities: you can work locally in your community, supporting somebody on your terms. You could be recently retired, you could be an accountant, or you might have worked in a hardware store,” Peter said.
Half the workers signed to Mable are new to the sector. There are more male workers on the platform – 25 per cent – compared with 11 per cent across all care workers. The average age in the sector is about 52, but Mable workers are on average 40, although the age range is 18 to 82.
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