Nurses rally over aged care shortfalls

01 March 2022

A once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform aged care is slipping through Australia's grasp, peak industry bodies warn.

On the first anniversary of the royal commission's damning final report which urged sweeping reforms, the Australian Aged Care Collaboration says there is still so much work ahead to solve the key structural issues identified.

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation says staff are frustrated by the government's lack of action to fix the aged-care system.

On Tuesday, nurses and care-workers are taking part in protests across the country, including outside Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck's office in Tasmania.

ANMF federal secretary Annie Butler said nothing has changed in the year since the commission delivered its final report.

"There's still not enough staff to give residents the basic care they need," she said.

"Nurses and care-workers will not stand by and watch those in our care suffer any longer. The message is clear: no more talking, no more 'task forces', no more 'inquiries', no more deferring responsibility - only action."

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