Mercy Health is a Catholic organisation grounded in a 2,000-year tradition of caring for others. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Health employs over 5,000 people who provide acute and sub-acute hospital care, aged care, mental health programs, maternity and specialist women's health services, early parenting, home care services and health worker training and development. Mercy Health employs people from many cultures and backgrounds who, irrespective of their beliefs, share a common bond to care for those in need.
With an ageing workforce it was essential for Mercy Health to raise the awareness of the demographic shift facing the organisation, and the risks, challenges and opportunities associated with an older workforce. With an average age of 44.6 years and 50% of their workforce aged over 45 years, it was imperative that they developed a plan to manage their ageing workers. Mercy Health are committed to being an age friendly employer and have developed and implemented a range of initiatives to support and engage their older workers.