MPs call on Morrison Government to act on mandated nursing levels in aged care

23 August 2021

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) commends Dr Helen Haines, the Independent Member for Indi, for putting forward a Private Member’s Motion in Federal Parliament today, calling on the Morrison Government to commit to one of the key recommendations of the Aged Care Royal Commission: by ensuring at least one registered nurse is on-site in all nursing homes 24/7.

Federal Secretary Annie Butler said the ANMF was deeply disappointed that the Government had so far delayed action on fixing the dangerously inadequate staffing levels in nursing homes – the cause of so much pain and suffering for older Australians.

“The nation was horrified by the Royal Commission’s shocking discovery of widespread neglect and systemic failings across the aged care sector, which is why we find it hard to believe that the Government hasn’t responded to the Royal Commission’s most important recommendations to fix aged care. Unfortunately, with no national laws to guarantee appropriate ratios of qualified nursing staff and aged care staff, the suffering of our elderly will continue. Surely, the Government understands that,” Ms Butler said today.

“The ANMF commends Dr Haines for holding the Government to account and standing-up for the older members of our community, by asking why the Government hasn’t addressed the crucial issues affecting the sector, including mandated staffing, workforce training and retention, improved aged care services for rural and regional Australia and transparency in aged care providers’ fees and charges.”

Ms Butler said the ANMF and its members were also encouraged by the long-list of ALP and Independent MPs who had supported Dr Haines’ Private Motion on aged care.

Dr Haines told the Parliament: “Having a nurse on-site not only improves the care of residents, which is incredibly complex care – pain, wound, diabetes, mental health, cognitive, palliative care management – it also supports the carer work teams with timely advice and expert help.”

Ms Kearney, a former nurse, said: “Having a registered nurse and staff and skills ratios is important. I am sick of the stories of neglect. I am sick of the penny pinching. Even as we speak and despite a Royal Commission, there is a list of major providers cutting hours and trimming their rosters.”

ANMF media release authorised by Annie Butler, ANMF Federal Secretary. 1/365 Queen St, Melbourne.
The ANMF, with over 300,000 members, is the industrial and professional voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.

Media contact: Richard Lenarduzzi on 0411 254 390

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