Legislating ratios and retaining state-owned aged care facilities are key policy platforms for the new Labor Government in Victoria. But is it good policy? Natasha Egan reports.
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Nurses play a pivotal role in ensuring quality and safety in aged care and their omission from the recently appointed Aged Care Quality Advisory Council is “a great oversight,” according to Sue Macri, expert on aged care standards.
Professor Rhonda Nay argues that instead of simply calling for more registered nurses in aged care, we should dramatically re-structure their scope of practice so they effectively become nurse practitioners, and in the process give personal care workers and enrolled nurses a much greater role in the system.