Malaysia is expected to become an aged nation by 2030. The elderly population in Malaysia was predicted to number 28.3 million in 2010, and this number is likely to rise to 38.6 million by the year 2030.An increase in life expectancy will translate into increased demands for private aged healthcare services, leading to concerns regarding the lack of trained and qualified caregivers in private aged care centres. A visit was done in 2018 and 2019 by Medical Legislation Section, Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), revealed a deficiency in the number of qualified caregivers due to the high rate of turnover and the nature of the job that is unappealing and stressful Malaysian private aged care centres. Hence, this study will provide an overview of the current scenario regarding the qualifications of these caregivers, and further highlight how the Private Aged Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 2018 can address anomalies found in the previous Private Healthcare Facilities and Services 1998 and Care Centre Act 1993; propose the legalisation of qualification requirements for caregivers in terms of training and experience.
Nurhafizah Sahidan, Taylor's University, Medical Legislation Section, Malaysia
Farah Waheeda Ahmad Faraid, Medical Legislation Section, Malaysia
Wan Firdaus Wan Ahmad, Medical Legislation Section, Malaysia
Suryani Mohamad Suhane, Taylor's University, Malaysia