The Commonwealth Government has imposed sanctions on a Cairns facility with a mainly indigenous population.

The Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency identified a serious risk to resident health and safety at the 40-place Dija Meta Aged and Dsiabled Hostel.

Issues at the home included a lack of appropriate clinical care and suitably qualified staff.

The assessors also raised concerns about inadequate food processing, poorly maintained laundry equipment and waste disposal.

A Commonwealth-approved nursing officer has been appointed to the home and the agency will conduct daily visits until the serious risk is lifted.

The facility is not eligible to receive government subsides for any new residents for six months

The Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot acknowledged the “very unique” circumstances of the service, saying that the government would work closely with the home to address the concerns that were raised.

“We make no apologies for placing a nursing home under sanction as this is about the protection and welfare of frail and aged Australians,” Mrs Elliot said. “We will act when it is necessary.”

“The Rudd Labor Government is committed to improving the care and quality of Australia’s nursing homes and its residents.”

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