To: State and Federal Parliament

Urgent Aged Care Reform Now

Urgent Aged Care Reform Now

Following the release of the Senate Inquiry report: Future of Australia's aged care sector workforce, we want to see the committees recommendations urgently implemented. We also wish to see further reform undertaken to aid an industry that is rife with reports of abuse of consumers, poor living and working conditions for consumers and staff, and inconsistent legislation, inadequate funding and weak oversight by industry watchdogs.

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/AgedCareWorkforce45/Report

We call on state and federal parliaments to:

-Urgently increase government funding for reforms to aged care services across the country.

-Develop and implement workforce strategies to improve conditions, attract more workers and increase specialist staff within the aged care sector.

-Work with AHPRA and appropriate unions to introduce registration as health care workers for all personal care/support workers/assistants in nursing/health services assistants.

-Establish nationally consistent training standards and continuing professional development requirements.

-Mandate minimum staff to resident ratios nationwide, for nursing and care staff.

-Implement mandatory reporting of elder abuse, or reasonable suspicion of abuse, for all healthcare professionals.

-A dedicated, transparent reporting system for families and other concerned persons who suspect abuse is occurring.

-Revamp the National Accreditation standards and process for annual auditing.

-Strengthen ageing-in-place related legislation.

Why is this important?

Our campaign is going nationwide, because we should all care about provision of quality aged care - one day we could all need it! The system is broken, but it CAN be fixed.

Urgently increase government funding for reforms to aged care services across the country.

-Upgrades to ageing infrastructure and stimulate the creation and expansion of new infrastructure to accommodate growing demand.
-Federal and state grants to purchase vital equipment and access the best care resources.
-More funding for life-enhancing programs such as lifestyle, fitness and nutrition.
-Research grants for studies on care models and their impact on quality of life for seniors in aged care facilities.
-Creation of federally maintained and funded guidelines and resources to aid in care planning that truly reflects and recognises the diverse needs of ageing Australians.

Develop and implement workforce strategies to improve conditions, attract more workers and increase specialist staff within the aged care sector.

-Urgent action on developing strategies to attract quality staff to the industry, including specialist doctors and nurses - and keep them.
-Creation of more attractive opportunities for Clinical Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and internships for Medical Officers within the aged care sector.
-Fair pay rises for staff that brings remuneration in line with other health care industries.
-Stop the rapid casualisation of aged care jobs - encourage the creation of more permanent positions and set minimum shift times to four hours (up from two).

Work with AHPRA and appropriate unions to introduce registration as health care workers for all personal care/support workers/assistants in nursing/health services assistants.

-Implementation of the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers, to be overseen by AHPRA.
-Revamping of industry structure to allow for specialised training and better career advancement for all aged care workers.
-Mandatory national employment screening.

Establish nationally consistent training standards and continuing professional development requirements.

-Establish nationally consistent minimum standards for training and accreditation.
-Mandated that aged care is a core requirement of the nursing curriculum. Include dementia skills training.
-Mandated core updates for all health care workers within aged care such as challenging behaviour training, oral hygiene and continence education.

Mandated minimum staff to resident ratios nationwide, for nursing and care staff.

-Registered Nurse on site 24/7
-Lower nurse to resident ratio for medication administration
-Lower carer to resident ratios for personal care duties
-Funding for high care residents to have access to a one to one care worker if required for behavioural or other special care needs.

Implement mandatory reporting of elder abuse, or reasonable suspicion of abuse, for all healthcare professionals.

-There must also be a dedicated, transparent reporting system for families and other concerned persons who suspect abuse is occurring.
- Accreditation agency, complaints teams, advocacy services, abuse hotline & the department to be mandated to communicate with one another to ensure investigation and any actions required are swiftly implemented.

Revamp the National Accreditation standards and process for annual auditing.

-Stronger sanctions and restriction of right to operate if standards are not met.
-Unannounced visits by inspectors.
-Families and residents to be informed when a facility fails to meet accreditation standards.

Strengthening of ageing in place related legislation.

-Ensure advanced care directives are followed and palliative services involved earlier to assist with greater dignity in death.
-More funding for state based palliative service consultants that work specifically within the aged care sector.
-Palliative care training for medical officers and nursing staff to ensure individual needs are met at end of life.

How it will be delivered

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for any upcoming public events, or updates to our campaign in the future.


Reasons for signing

  • Getting older and seeing family and friends suffer and wanting to ensure that this disgraceful behaviors and lack of care of our elderly is eradicated ASAP!
  • Because I care for these beautiful people.
  • 1 RN and 3 carers for 80-100 patients is disgusting and unsafe. If my parents were in any of these homes i would not be happy with the lack of care and possible negligence each day and/or night.

Updates

2017-08-03 21:06:21 +1000

500 signatures reached

2017-06-30 17:39:38 +1000

We've launched a website! Keep an eye out for blog posts detailing how our campaign is going.

https://urgentagedcarereformnow.com/

2017-06-26 16:31:43 +1000

100 signatures reached

2017-06-25 17:46:29 +1000

50 signatures reached

2017-06-25 14:37:44 +1000

25 signatures reached

2017-06-24 15:30:45 +1000

10 signatures reached