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Care management careers

Working as a care manager in residential aged care is a highly rewarding career that allows you to make a direct impact on the lives of older Australians.

If you’re a clinical leader who is passionate about making a positive difference and helping older people live life to their full potential, we’d love to hear from you. 

Make a positive impact on somebody’s life

Our care managers are responsible for the day-to-day operations within the care centre, including managing staff, managing budgets and ensuring that the quality of services provided meets care standards.

Care managers oversee the care program for residents and lead a team of aged care employees. Key responsibilities may include ensuring the delivery of high quality care, supervising nursing and care staff and meeting legislative requirements.

Why work with us

IRT Group is one of Australia’s largest community-owned providers of independent living, residential aged care and home care. With 50 years’ experience caring for older Australians, we help seniors live their best life throughout NSW, ACT and Queensland.

Join more than 2800 team members that enjoy competitive salaries, salary packaging, career development opportunities and a wide range of benefits such as discounted gym memberships and rewards programs.

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Start a career that matters and make a difference to the lives of older Australians.

Types of positions available

We’re looking for care managers to work in our aged care centres. As a care manager, you will oversee the day-to-day operations of the care centre, which includes:

  • Ensuring the delivery of high quality care
  • Developing and overseeing the care centre program
  • Ensuring effective operation of the care centre
  • Managing budgets and the financial effectiveness of the centre
  • Liaising with residents, families and other health professionals
  • Coordinating, supervising and supporting nursing and care staff and volunteers
  • Ensuring strategic goals of the organisation are met
  • Meeting any legislative and organisational requirements, including meeting Aged Care Quality Standards and maintaining health and safety compliance.

Our application process

Lodge your application

If you’re interested in working as a care manager at IRT, you can view and apply for specific jobs listed here or register your interest via our online form here.

Suitability interview

If we think you may be right for the role, you’ll be interviewed to determine your suitability.

Reference checks

If you’re successful, you’ll then be required to undergo reference checks, and other pre-employment checks.

Onboarding and training

You have been offered the job, congratulations! Our onboarding program helps you learn specific job requirements and acquire essential organisational knowledge.

Our locations

IRT offers aged care across NSW, ACT and Queensland. We have aged care centres in Sydney, Canberra, the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Sunshine Coast regions.

IRT Woodlands Retirement Village Community

Everything you need to know about
working as a care manager

What qualifications do I need to be a care manager?

You’ll need a university degree, such as a Bachelor of Nursing, as a minimum. For internationally qualified care managers, you’ll need an Australian bridging program in addition to your overseas nursing qualification.

To work at IRT as a care manager, you’ll also need:

  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a registered nurse
  • Demonstrated experience in a similar clinical management role with a passion for aged care
  • Proven leadership capabilities, demonstrated through previous managerial experience
  • A commitment to providing best practice person-centred care
  • Commercial acumen including working with operational budgets and financial management 
  • Sound knowledge of ACFI, Aged Care Legislation and Accreditation
  • An understanding of the current challenges faced by the aged care industry
  • A current Australian driver’s licence
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Word and Outlook

Besides the required qualifications and knowledge, it’s important you have the right character traits as well. You need to have:

  • A caring, empathetic and understanding nature
  • Adaptability
  • Responsibility
  • Organisational skills
  • Ability to support and supervise employees and volunteers
  • High level of written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate empathetically to people from diverse backgrounds, values and cultures

What are the duties of a care manager?

The specific duties of a care manager will vary slightly depending on the setting, however, they are generally responsible for the following:  

  • Providing clinical care for clients, including monitoring care needs, developing and implementing care plans to meet client preferences in consideration of cultural, religious or ethnic background
  • Completing client assessments on admission and as needs/care changes
  • Monitoring and referral of clinical care needs and liaising with GPs and other allied health professionals
  • Administering medications as per the individual’s care plan and in line with relevant policies
  • Providing treatment to clients where appropriate and accessing other professional assistance as required
  • Completing relevant documentation and reporting
  • Performing work in a legal/ethical framework, and supporting the rights and interests of the clients

Can a registered nurse become a care manager?

Yes. In fact, most care managers start their careers as registered nurses.

If you’re an experienced and passionate registered nurse who wishes to become a care manager, there are various paths you can take, but having managerial leadership experience is crucial. You may undertake a leadership qualification such as a diploma in management or you could complete on-the-job leadership training, but it is also highly beneficial if you have experience in a leadership role. This could be in any type of managerial leadership role, but ideally it should be in the aged care industry. For example, if you have experience as a care coordinator, acting care coordinator, infection and prevention control lead or a similar role, this can help provide you with the necessary skills and experience to become a care manager.

Are you interested in working with IRT?

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