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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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:)
- Announce laws that require guaranteed minimum staff ratios and skill mix in every aged care facility, on every shift – day, afternoon and night.
- Mandate the requirement for registered nurses to be on site, at every facility, for every shift.
It’s not too much to ask.
The ANMF’s research recommends this can be achieved by ensuring, through legislation, that residents receive an average of:
- 4.3 hours of care per day
- delivered by a mandated minimum skill mix of 30 percent registered nurses (RN), 20 percent enrolled nurses (EN), and 50 percent personal care workers (PCW)
- the provision of at least 54 minutes of RN care per day.
The Morrison Government must:
- Legislate requirements for quality clinical governance through effective clinical leadership and expertise at all levels.
- Put in place effective clinical governance that ensures the safety and wellbeing of aged care residents.
The Morrison Government must make transparency and accountability a requirement to receiving government funding in aged care and home care. This includes:
- Any allocation of additional funds must come with a clear mandate of accountability and transparency and that all funding provided for the purposes of direct care is the subject of accountability and acquittal arrangements.
- Funding must be linked to quality of care outcomes and determined through an evidence-based methodology.
- Funding for wage costs must be demonstrated to have been used for that purpose and a failure to account for the use of tax-payer funds must have consequences.
- Wage outcomes for aged care workers must be improved to match public sector wages and funding guaranteed by the Morrison Government in budget 2021.
- The aged care sector should be supported to overcome the systemic barriers to achieving wage parity and improved working conditions.
- Minimum training of Certificate III for all aged care workers.
- The establishment of a national registration scheme for personal care workers.
- The registration scheme for care workers must be designed to protect the public and residents of aged care, and ensure residents are being cared for by suitably trained and skilled workers.
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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.