28 October 2021
Louise Miller-Frost, Labor candidate for Boothby, has pledged her support for ANMF (SA Branch)’s Fix Aged Care campaign.
In a meeting with ANMF (SA Branch)’s CEO / Secretary Adj. Associate Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM and Director, Operations and Strategy Rob Bonner along with the ANMF (SA Branch)’s aged care team, Ms Miller-Frost signed a pledge to support the four key actions of the campaign.
The four key reforms the ANMF (SA Branch) is asking for are to support:
- RN 24/7 – at least one registered nurse on site at all times
- Minimum mandated care hours and the right skills mix
- Greater transparency – funding tied to care
- Improved wages and conditions
Ms Miller-Frost said reforms in the way we care for older people in Australia was a key issue her community of Boothby is talking about.
MS Dabars shared with Ms Miller-Frost the ANMF (SA Branch)’s disappointment that the Morrison Government still has not addressed recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and
Safety and it was something that she must address if elected as the Member for Boothby in the upcoming Federal Election.
“The Aged Care Royal Commission exposed tragic stories of neglect. The government’s failure to properly implement over half the recommendations is a national disgrace,” Ms Miller-Frost said.
“Older Australians who have worked hard all their lives deserve to be treated with dignity, and those caring for them need the resources and training to do the job they love.”
Ms Dabars welcomed the candidate’s pledge saying:
“Having candidates who understand the needs of our members to provide health care for our elderly in a dignified and respectful way is an important step in achieving aged care reform.
“Real change in Aged Care is what we will fight for in the upcoming Federal Election, and we are pleased to have candidates that will support us in this,” said Ms Dabars.
As CEO of Vinnies and Catherine House, Chair of UnitingCare Wesley Bowden, and with over 15 years running health services across SA, Ms Miller-Frost has worked closely in supporting older Australians and people with a disability.