Doubts aired over aged care report

Doubts aired over aged care report

A Riverina nursing specialist says the Caring for Older Australians report released this week fails to provide incentives or a time line to lift the quality of aged care. Dr Maree Bernoth made two submissions and addressed the Productivity Commission inquiry.

The Charles Sturt University lecturer says the report cites a need to review basic qualifications for aged care workers but there is no sense of urgency.

It's all very well to have the buildings in place and the beds there but from my perspective, the most important thing is what's the quality of the care being delivered inside those buildings?

Dr Bernoth says the report fails to address minimum staff ratios or incentives to provide quality care. She says the commission does not acknowledge the poor pay in aged care or recommend pay equity for its registered nurses, who earn much less than their hospital counterparts.