The ANMF is calling on the Morrison Government to make aged care a priority and announce laws that require staff ratios in every aged care facility. Without mandated minimum staffing levels and skills mix guaranteed to meet the care needs of residents, elderly Australians and their families will continue to suffer.
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IT'S NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK.
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IT'S NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK.
5 KEY ACTIONS MOST URGENTLY NEEDED
The ANMF has five reforms which must be addressed by the Morrison Government to achieve the necessary change in aged care.
(Primary proposals for action which have been supported by the Commissioners’ recommendations and which will drive a successful program of reform throughout the Aged Care sector once implemented)
Registered nurse presence, on-site, at every nursing home across Australia 24 hours per day, that is across all shifts – day, evening and night shifts.
Immediate implementation, that is 1 July 2022, of a minimum staff time standard for at least 200 minutes of care per resident per day for the average resident, with at least 40 minutes of that staff time provided by a registered nurse.
An uplift in legislated minimum care hours to at least 215 minutes of care per resident per day for the average resident, with at least 44 minutes of that staff time provided by a registered nurse from 1 July 2023.
Legislated transparency and accountability measures for use of taxpayers’ funding which guarantee that funding is tied directly to care provision and staffing levels.
Wage increases and improvements in conditions for the aged care workforce, commencing with support and a commitment to fund the 25% wage increase being sought in the current work value case before the Fair Work Commission.
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STAFF RATIOS IS NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK
The Aged Care Royal Commission recognised that the aged care sector’s most precious resource is its dedicated and caring workforce, which, because of long standing systemic failings, has simply not been supported to do its job.
The final report
There are many ingredients that enable the provision of high quality and safe aged care, but it cannot be achieved without the sector having enough staff with the skills and time to care.
With almost 60% of residents in nursing homes experiencing an unacceptably low level of staffing, the report recommends that staffing ratios should be introduced to ensure that there are sufficient nursing and other care staff present at all times in residential aged care.
This means guaranteeing enough workers to provide high quality and safe, person centred care and increasing the proportion of qualified staff, such as nurses and allied health workers.
Staff ratios for aged care, it’s not too much to ask.