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.
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Supportive personal care workers are among the features of clinical placements that determine if student nurses will return to the sector after graduation.
Parliamentary inquiry report calls for minimum staff-to-resident ratios as well as licensing of personal care workers, which providers argue would cost the system $500 million if introduced nationally.
Aged care providers and nursing unions in NSW are set to clash over whether to keep state legislation requiring aged care facilities to employ registered nurses at all times to oversee high care residents.