The Federal Government’s establishment of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was a welcome and long overdue response to the many issues plaguing the sector.
After more than 10,000 public submissions, the Commission handed down its final report on February 26. Older people in care, and nurses and personal care workers in the sector, deserve urgent action on the issues that so desperately need to be addressed, including:
- Inadequate staffing levels and skills mix that are worsening due to further cuts;
- Reduction in the number of Registered Nurses despite growing resident care needs and complexity;
- The inability of staff to meet the care needs of residents;
- A lack of supplies and equipment necessary for effective care; and
- Financial transparency to ensure the $20 billion the Federal Government funnels into aged care annually is actually invested in the provision of care rather than boosting executive salaries and shareholder dividends.
This is why we will continue our campaign to lobby federal politicians to introduced legislated staffing ratios in aged care, similar to those that exist in child care, as well as financial transparency over funding and where that money actually goes.
Learn more about the national aged care campaign.
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
Royal Commissioners, the Honourable Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs AO presented the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to the Governor-General, His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) on 26 February 2021. It was tabled on 1 March 2021.
Read the Final Report.
The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care was handed to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) on 31 October 2019, and tabled in Parliament that day.
Read the Interim Report.
Visit the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety website
for more information and updates.
ANMF (SA Branch) statement on Ageing and Health at the 71st Regional Council meeting of the WHO
ANMF (SA Branch) Director of Operations and Strategy, Rob Bonner, provides a statement on Ageing and Health at the 71st Regional Council meeting of the WHO (World Health Organisation) Western Pacific Region. The video statement, coordinated by PSI (Public Services International), makes key points around the harms of privatised aged care and the value of unionised and public aged care facilities.
For more information and other statements raised at 71st
Regional Council meeting, visit the PSI website here