The situation in aged care affects us all.
They are our parents and grandparents, people who looked after us and loved us, but now many of them — especially those in need of high care — are left unfed, unwashed and even in soiled nappies for hours... all because there aren’t enough aged care staff.
Over the past 13 years, chronic understaffing has seen a 400% increase in preventable deaths of elderly Australians in aged care, with hundreds dying from...
Secretary Of Queensland Nurses And Midwives’ Union
Since commencing work at the QNMU in 1990, Beth has worked hard to advance the industrial and professional interests and values of nurses and midwives working in all sectors across Queensland. As QNMU Secretary, her focus remains firmly on members and using numerous avenues to address the challenges they confront in their daily working lives.
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I write in response to Federal Minister for Ageing Ken Wyatt’s media release titled Powerful New Reforms to Ensure Safe, Quality Aged Care (18 April 2018).
The release outlines Turnbull Government plans to increase aged care inspections and reporting of adverse incidents in Australian aged care facilities.
While this is a step in the right direction, there is still much...
Politicians need to stop talking and act on aged care neglect in Australia.
Every day, elderly Australians experience unnecessary pain, suffering and premature death in aged care facilities nation-wide.
A complete lack of Federal laws means aged care providers can staff facilities however they choose.
As a result, the majority of Australia’s 2400-plus privately run aged care facilities are chronically understaffed. In fact, it is not uncommon or illegal for one nurse to be left with up to 200 residents...