The financial performance of residential aged care facilities has declined further despite this year’s one-off funding boost, a new industry report shows.
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Aged care workers raise concerns daily about physical violence, low pay, staff shortages and challenges securing permanent work, the royal commission hears.
Listening to staff and redefining the organisation’s purpose helped an aged care provider move from a military-style culture to a supportive environment, the CEO tells a national conference.
Providers need to showcase that aged care has “strong” career paths and is a positive industry to work in to attract and retain staff, the sector’s minister tells an industry conference.
The aged care peaks have welcomed a joint call from Australia’s doctors and nurses for aged care funding and reforms now, but not pleas for staff ratios.
Aged care reforms and urgent action to improve the sector’s viability must go ahead now despite the six-month extension of the royal commission, stakeholders say.
The Queensland premier has announced new laws to mandate minimum nurse-to-resident ratios and minimum contact hours from particular care staff in state-owned aged care facilities.
The number of residential aged care providers making a profit has decreased by 12 percentage points to just over half, the seventh Aged Care Financing Authority report shows.
The federal government has announced a 1.4 per cent indexation rise for aged care providers – but aged care peaks say this isn’t enough to cover rising wages.
A new pocket-sized brochure has been launched to assist the aged care workforce in identifying elder abuse.
Aged care providers need to focus on engaging residents in their care rather than approaching their families first, an industry conference heard.
Tasmanian Liberal senator Richard Colbeck has been given the aged care portfolio in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ministry reshuffle.
Aged care stakeholders have congratulated the re-elected Morrison government but reiterated calls for a Cabinet position for the sector’s minister and urgent action on key issues.
A lack of staff to provide basic care to residents is the most pressing concern of 90 percent of aged care workers, a national survey has found.