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Adequate staffing needed to combat resident abuse: workers

Categories: Aged Care News

Aged care workers say inadequate time to complete tasks, lack of supervision by skilled registered nurses and poor training can all contribute to elder abuse in residential care.

That’s according to Helen Macukewicz, senior professional officer at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation NSW Branch.

“Our members consider that a chronic shortfall in staffing numbers and inadequate skills mix means that elder abuse is prevalent in residential aged care,” Ms Macukewicz told Australian Ageing Agenda.

Ms Macukewicz is offering a workforce perspective on elder abuse in residential care at this month’s National Elder Abuse Conference in Sydney.

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