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.
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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.
The ratios of aged care recipients to staff members in each residential aged care facility is the subject of a new inquiry.
The head of a leading aged care provider has expressed frustration over the announcement of a Royal Commission into the aged care sector, saying it is a “shame” things have reached this point.
Provider peaks say mandating aged care providers to publish staff-to-resident ratios on My Aged Care as proposed in a federal bill introduced this week is problematic and an ineffective indicator of quality.