21 September 2020
Today the unions representing aged care workers, including the ANMF, working through the ACTU, have launched a comprehensive plan to fix our broken aged care system, protect workers who have been at the frontline of the fight against the virus and provide better quality care to older Australians.
The AMNF, HSU and UWU represent workers who do invaluable work in incredibly difficult conditions but have been let down by a Government which has ignored critical issues in aged care.
Secure jobs for workers in aged care means better quality care for older Australians.
The document released today calls for the following essential changes:
- Mandated minimum staffing levels and required mix of skills and qualifications in every residential facility, over every shift.
- Transparency and accountability for Government funding.
- Mandated training requirements (including infection control and ongoing professional development) accessible to all staff and paid by employer
- Government funding is required to be increased, linked to the provision of care and the direct employment of permanent staff with decent pay and enough hours to live on.
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“Long before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and as exposed by the Aged Care Royal Commission, chronic and widespread understaffing across the aged care system had created unsafe environments for both workers and those they cared for,’’ ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler said.
“The pandemic has now revealed just how dangerous understaffing is, with tragic consequences for far too many older Australians and their families.
“Now, more than ever before, the pandemic and its devastating effects in aged care, have demonstrated that mandating minimum staffing levels must be an urgent priority, as part of any lasting reforms of the sector. If that doesn’t happen, safe, quality care cannot be guaranteed and the pain and suffering of elderly Australians will go on.
“It’s time to make changes and prevent further suffering and neglect,’’ Ms Butler said.
“Our members on the frontline of aged care know that having higher levels of registered nurses and care workers, in the right skills mix, will ensure safe, effective care to residents.”