Mixed response to aged care report

Mixed response to aged care report

A Riverina nursing lecturer said more money, resources and skills are needed to improve outcomes for Australians living in nursing or aged care homes.

The Productivity Commission’s draft report into aged care, out today, said the current system is plagued by delays, inequities and inefficiencies.

It recommends removing caps on bed numbers, a means test for wealthier users and a loan scheme to help people into aged care.

But the Australian Nursing Federation said the report fails residents, families, nurses and assistants in nursing.

I'm very concerned about issues of abuse and neglect in residential aged care which came about quite accidentally from research I was doing looking at the safety of carers.

Dr Bernoth has done three studies into the residential aged care sector.

She put nine recommendations to the Commission seeking more consistent training, more oversight of junior staff, equity in pay with hospital nurses and more community involvement in the sector.

Yesterday she was optimistic about the report.

“I remain hopeful that we’re on some sort of journey that eventually will lead to much better outcomes for our older people, their families and their carers,” she said.

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