There is little outright political backing for a bill introduced into the Senate to mandate minimum staff-to-resident ratios in aged care, although there is broad support to address the workforce issues it highlights.
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Aged care providers, consumers and unions have told the re-elected Coalition Government they are united on the further reforms needed to aged care and initial steps must be contained in the next budget.
Mature age employment, dementia and palliative care are among the areas featured in the Greens aged care policy, released yesterday.
Fallout from the Federal Government’s budget measures to claw back aged care spending continues with more sector stakeholders calling for a halt to the cuts.
Aged care providers and unions have said the Federal Government cannot evade its responsibility in developing an aged care workforce strategy, given its role as primary funder and regulator of the sector.
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 delayed release of the Federal Government’s audit of workforce programs has stalled the development of a sector workforce strategy, much to the annoyance of aged care providers, unions and professional groups.
Sector welcomes new minister Christian Porter but says the momentum on reforms cannot be lost and key measures are required to provide certainty for providers and consumers.
A DSS submission to a Productivity Commission inquiry proposes enhanced skilled migration to bolster the aged care workforce, which has been welcomed by employers.
Increased transitional support for the sector, new programs on key clinical areas, and measures to improve workforce feature in the Budget wish lists of consumer and professional groups.
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.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott has said he would direct funding from the aged care workforce supplement back to the general pool of aged care funding to the delight of provider peaks and the wrath of unions.
A new national program is offering financial assistance for professional development for eligible nurses, midwives, assistants in nursing and care workers.
Leaders of aged care providers, a union and a senior’s advocacy group will all be sleeping on the streets tomorrow night, in a show of solidarity with homeless Australians – and an effort to raise money.