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Health Minister Steven Miles and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at RBWH. Photo: AAP Image/Richard Waugh

Queensland promises staffing level reports, mandated ratios

Private aged care providers operating in Queensland will be asked to publicly report staffing information. If they don’t, it may be published for them, should legislation proposed by the State Government go ahead.

The move by premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is an effort to help bring the state’s private aged care providers in line with its public ones that will have mandated staff-to-patient ratios.

As private aged care is the responsibility of the Commonwealth Government, the state’s mandated staffing legislation does not extend to such providers, but Palaszszuk said all would be asked to publicly report staffing information “for the sake of transparency”.

“If they choose not to, we won’t be afraid to reveal the identity of those unwilling to do the right thing by elderly Queenslanders,” she promised.

Minister for Health Steven Miles said the laws would complement legislatively mandated nurse-to-resident ratios being implemented in Queensland’s 16 publicly owned aged care facilities.

“It makes sense that public and private facilities are on the same playing field when it comes to transparency and accountability,” Miles said.

Palaszczuk said staff-to-patient ratios work in the health system, saving lives and money.

“Now we want to see nurse-to-resident ratios help in the aged care sector, providing comfort and confidence for residents and their families.

“Revelations at the royal commission into aged care and recent events at the Earle Haven retirement village on the Gold Coast provide a stark reminder that elderly Queenslanders deserve the best possible care.”

Queensland’s state-run residential aged care facilities will begin quarterly reporting of their staffing information this year.

The figures will be posted on an interactive website to be set up to help consumers compare private and public facilities when making decisions about their care.

Palaszczuk called on the federal government to introduce a mandate for staff-to-patient ratios for the entire sector.

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  1. I’m not saying the sector should or shouldn’t have mandated minimum staffing ratios but I do ask: “Who is going to pay?” With nearly 50% of providers running at a loss already and no sight of an increase in funding, who is going to pay? The Queensland Government already tops up state run residential aged care facilities to the extent of millions annually. Private facilities have to simply rely on inadequate Commonwealth funding and resident fees. So who is going to pay? Yes – our older people deserve better.

  2. To quote Minister Miles “It makes sense that public and private facilities are on the same playing filed when it comes to transparency and accountability”…………….in light of this I would like Minister Miles to publicly declare how many millions of Queensland taxpayer dollars are used to prop up the 16 nursing homes that the State operate. The Queensland Government operated nursing homes receive the same subsidies as do non-state owned facilities, they charge residents the same amount, yet state owned facilities run at significant financial losses, and Queensland taxpayers pick up the tab. Over 50% of residential aged care facilities in Australia now run at a loss, but unlike our State Governments we cannot use further taxpayer dollars to break even. Disingenuous grand-standing by both the Premier and Health Minister.