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Victoria pushes for mandated staffing ratios for all providers

Victoria is calling on the Commonwealth to institute minimum staffing ratios for all aged care providers ahead of the release of the royal commission interim report.

Via the state government’s submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Minister for Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan also pushed for increased funding and better access to primary healthcare across services.

Donnellan said the Commonwealth needs to do more.

“Our vision for the future of Australian aged care is a well-trained and resourced sector with integrated healthcare that supports our older citizens in making their own choices, no matter where they live,” he said.

“We welcome the royal commission and the opportunity to further improve the quality of aged care services and strengthen protections for older Victorians.”

Victoria became the first state in Australia to have nurse-to-resident ratios in its public sector residential aged care, but the state government wants to see legislated minimum staffing requirements extended to all providers.

Last month, the Queensland government introduced a bill that would see private aged care providers operating in the state asked to publicly report staffing information.

At the time it was announced, the state’s health minister, 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.

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2 comments

  1. It is easy to make decisions on staffing ratios when you are neither funding aged care for the whole of Australia, or actually spending your own money. What Mr. Donnellan (Victorian State Government) and Mr. Miles (Queensland State Government) fail to mention is that both these States top- up their state-run aged care facilities to the tune of tens of millions of dollars per year out of their State Budgets. Recently in the Royal Commission the representative from the Victorian Government admitted that they spend an extra $67 per resident per day, over and above the subsidies paid by the Commonwealth and what is allowed to be charged to a resident. If these ratios were introduced to all residential aged care facilities who would pay the extra billions……………the Australian Taxpayer or the person using the service?

    • Maybe the companies running the facilities eg BUPA could use the government funding to provide a quality service instead of extracting most of it as profit.

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