Workforce Representatives ‘Left Out’ of Aged Care Advisory Council

25 November 2021

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has expressed its extreme disappointment that nursing and aged care workforce representatives have been left out of the Morrison Government’s new National Aged Care Advisory Council (Council).

The ANMF and its members are now deeply concerned that workers will have no say in the advice the Council provides, which could not only further delay the delivery of some of the Aged Care Royal Commission’s key recommendations but also, once again, see those reforms fall short of what’s actually required.

“The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Final Report explicitly recognised the workforce as the most critical component of the aged care sector in ensuring quality and safety, and recommended that until the sector has a workforce with sufficient skills and time to care, aged care reform would not be achieved,” ANMF Federal Secretary, Annie Butler, said today.

“Despite this recommendation from the Government’s own Royal Commission, it continues to refuse to include the voices of aged care nurses and workers in implementing the reforms so urgently needed to improve quality and safety in the sector. 

 “While we welcome the appointment of the new Council’s members, who will have important contributions in guiding aged care reform, especially the geriatric medicine and allied health representatives, we are simply astonished that yet again, the Morrison Government has shunned frontline aged nurses and carers, and that nursing expertise has been excluded. This is particularly concerning when we know how desperately specialist nursing skills are needed in the sector.

“Without nursing experts, unions and other workforce representatives providing input into the advice the Council will provide to Government on the roll-out of the Royal Commission’s recommendations, the sector will once again fail.

“The Minister needs to reconsider this decision and allow for the expertise and knowledge that aged care nurses and workers can provide if the Government is serious about improving the quality and safety of the sector.”

Authorised by Annie Butler, ANMF Federal Secretary. 1/365 Queen St, Melbourne.

The ANMF, with over 310,000 members, is the industrial and professional voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.

Media contact: Richard Lenarduzzi on 0411 254 390

Share this story

Stay aware and up to date with industry issues

Receive the latest ANMF news, media and campaign updates direct to your inbox.

By submitting this form you agree to receive electronic messages from the ANMF and have read our privacy policy. You can unsubscribe any time

Read More

Media Releases

Stay up to date with the latest media releases from the ANMF.

Related

Historic win - 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence leave granted

News Historic win - 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence leave granted

15 July 2022

On 16 May 2022, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a decision advising that its provisional view was that Modern...

Read more

Undervalued – Inside the ANMF’s push to lift wages of aged care workers by 25%

News Undervalued – Inside the ANMF’s push to lift wages of aged care workers by 25%

13 July 2022

Long hours, poor pay and chronic understaffing are commonplace in aged care. Beginning in late April, the Fair Work Comm...

Read more

Landmark case to lift pay for aged care workers by 25% begins

News Landmark case to lift pay for aged care workers by 25% begins

26 April 2022

Landmark applications by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) and the Health Services Union (HSU) to l...

Read more