Draft report fails aged care workforce.


Yesterday we discussed National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill’s, thoughts on the Productivity Comissions Aged Care report.

The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) say the report has not upheld key objectives and those involved in aged care should be very concerned.

ANF federal secretary Lee Thomas said the report  fails to deliver on quality care by ignoring key workforce issues. There is a failure to recognise that minimum care hours are vital for the delivery of quality care.

“The report fails to recognise that staffing levels and skills mix are integral to improving care for older Australians, many of whom are experiencing more complex health needs.”

“There is a failure to recommend licensing of all workers in the sector despite the main aim of licensing being protection of the public.”

“While there is mention of competitive wages, the report pays only scant regard to this issue. Wage disparity has led to a staffing crisis. Ignoring this issue means the problem of attracting nurses and assistants in nursing to aged care will continue long into the future.”

“Nurses and assistants in nursing are not just the back bone of the sector; they are keeping the system going day in and day out. The Productivity Commission has ignored their call for urgent workforce reform.”

A recent survey by the ANF asked which was the most urgent issues that needed to be addressed in aged care sector the results were:

o Staffing and skills mix: 76 per cent
o More money for resident care: 61 per cent
o Wages: 59 per cent.

Comments from readers:

GORDO says: “Thank God for persons in high positions of responsibility and authority, like Mr. O’Neill (National Seniors Chief Executive Officer). Without their support, we at ‘the coal face’ of aged care will continue with the ‘uphill battle’ against our powerful private sector employers.

I read an ABC journalist’s report on the Draft Release of the Productivitt Commission’s Report, and the published story ran like a chapter straight of a Charles Dickinson novel, based on life in 19th. Century England. It almost brought tears to my eyes – realising, that I am apart of this monstrous machine, that turns our elderly in care into objects of burden.
That a cost per person is calculated by the bean counters. That privately owned facilities begrudge spending for special needs, as this is not what was in the initial cost analysis for that resident.

Then there is the concept of ‘dying with dignity’. This Journalist used the words: “They are not living – they are just not yet dead”! Just think about that, for a moment…”

Have you read the draft report? What are your thoughts on it?

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  1. I haven just about had enough of the callous & mercenary attitude of aged “care” providers. The only thing these creatures care about is extracting as much money from the government so they can line their own pockets. The bean counters & brueaucrats who have hijacked nursing over the years need a sharp reminder that government funding belongs to the taxpayer. The elderly are an extremely vulnerable group in society and derserve the very best care that can be provided, NOT some “model” that an unqualified bureaucrat with no insight or compassion has designed.


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