A Labor government will ensure that every aged care facility has a registered nurse on site 24 hours a day, publishes its staff skill mix and has appropriate and properly-trained staff at all times, the leader of the Opposition has announced.
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.
Aged care stakeholders are calling on all candidates to make a significant financial commitment to aged care in the upcoming federal election.
Aged care peaks welcome the initiatives announced in last night’s federal budget but say it is a missed opportunity to address the urgent issues in the aged care sector.
The percentage of registered nurses in the aged care workforce is decreasing despite increasingly complex patient needs, the aged care royal commission has heard.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has released a four-stage implementation plan to meet its recommendations of minimum staffing and providing 4.3 hours of care per resident per day by 2025.
Publishing staff-to-resident ratios in aged care is a positive first step for increasing transparency but it’s not enough for consumers to make informed decisions, according to a parliamentary inquiry report.
Aged care peak body Aged and Community Services Australia has launched a social media campaign to showcase positive aged care stories at its national conference this week among several sessions focused on the sector’s workforce.
ELECTION: Uncapping the supply of aged care places, recognising end-of-life care as a priority and finalising a sector workforce strategy are among the commitments stakeholders are seeking from the major parties.
The campaign for mandated nurse-to-resident ratios in aged care has gained a new Parliamentary ally, with Senator Glenn Lazarus, Leader of the Palmer United Party (PUP) in the Senate, to lobby the health and social services ministers over the issue.