The Federal Government’s establishment of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is a welcome and long overdue response to the many issues plaguing the sector.
But older people in care, and nurses and personal care workers in the sector, cannot wait more than 12 months for a Royal Commission to prompt action on some of the obvious issues that so desperately need to be addressed:
- Inadequate staffing levels 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; and
- a lack of supplies and equipment necessary for effective care.
These matters should not wait a single day, never mind another year, before they are addressed.
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.
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
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.
Comedian Sammy J - builds an aged care home
Sammy J uses his satirical wit to highlight some of the systemic issues facing the aged care sector in the below video.
Help us tell the real story to the Royal Commission
If you work in aged care, we need your help to paint a picture to the Royal Commission of what's really going on in aged care facilities across SA. How do you raise concerns regarding staffing at your facility? Are you consulted prior to roster or staffing changes...?
For more information and to view the Commission’s Terms of Reference, visit https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au
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