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.
The home care waiting list has been the elephant in the room during the election campaign.
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.
The government has announced $34 million in funding to establish a research institution to examine new ways to deliver care for seniors and training and education for aged care providers.
Aged care provider peak bodies are calling on the major parties to commit to providing tangible and immediate support for the aged care sector and older Australians in their election policies.
A Senate inquiry has recommended the federal government clarify that residential aged care providers ultimately hold a duty of care to all residents and that the quality commission has a similar responsibility for regulation.
Not-for-profit provider peak bodies have been allocated almost $2 million to lead two workforce strategy projects targeting the aged care workforce in rural and remote Australia, the government has announced.
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 federal budget has got a lukewarm response from aged care providers who have welcomed cash to improve the quality of the home care system but say the government has failed to address the ongoing problem of home care wait times.
Aged care providers can hire overseas workers to support older Australians from multicultural backgrounds under a new initiative announced by the Federal Government.
Regulations need to allow for greater consumer choice in residential aged care so the industry can provide individualised care, the aged care royal commission has heard.
The royal commission has asked aged care provider peak Leading Age Services Australia about its record on advocating in the interests of residents.
Queensland-based residential aged care and retirement living providers have until the end of March to complete the first stage of a three-step process ensuring their buildings are not affected by combustible cladding.