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.
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…? Provide feedback on what’s going on in your workplace via the survey linked here.
In the meantime, we’ll be regularly reporting updates coming out of the Royal Commission here, so be sure to bookmark this page.
For more information and to view the Commission’s Terms of Reference, visit https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au.