Union to intensify RN issue at Senate inquiry

The issue of registered nurses on duty in all residential aged care facilities at all times looks set to feature prominently in the Senate inquiry into the sector’s workforce.

The issue of registered nurses on duty in all residential aged care facilities at all times looks set to feature prominently in the Senate inquiry into the sector’s workforce, with the nurses’ union ramping up its campaign.

The inquiry, being conducted by the Community Affairs References Committee, is examining the composition of the aged care workforce, future workforce requirements, the interaction of aged care workforce needs with the disability sector, and challenges in attracting and retaining aged care staff.

All aged care stakeholders are being encouraged to make submissions to the inquiry.

The Australia Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) said it would be telling the inquiry that RNs were needed in all facilities 24/7.

“The rostering of a RN should be based on the high-care needs of patients, not on the discretion of the aged care facility’s operator,” said ANMF federal secretary Lee Thomas.

The union pointed to last year’s NSW parliamentary inquiry into nursing staff levels in residential care, which called for staff-to-resident ratios and licensing of personal care workers.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, who instigated the inquiry, said it was important to look at how governments at all levels can strategically approach the aged care sector.

Submissions to the inquiry are due by 4 March and a report is due by 30 June.

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1 thought on “Union to intensify RN issue at Senate inquiry

  1. RN’s should be in attendance in care facilities at all times. They add knowledge, skills & gravitas needed to provide a level of care we expect. These facilities need to concentrate more on the services offered & the appropriate level of resources rather than being a cash cow for profiteers.

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