Nurse welcomes findings of aged care inquiry

Nurse welcomes findings of aged care inquiry

A Charles Sturt University Wagga academic who made a submission to the inquiry in August believes its findings have been “so positive”, but there is more to do.

Maree Bernoth said with the needs of those in aged care increasing in complexity, the system needed to ensure it was resourced well enough to ensure they could access the care they needed.

Something like 80 per cent of people in aged care need high-level care. We need people in the aged care sector who have the skills and knowledge to provide that care – Certificate III nurses and endorsed nurses don’t have those skills.

Dr Bernoth said the report from the inquiry that acknowledged the different challenges registered nurses in rural and regional areas faced was a positive step for Wagga. “Those needs need to be investigated and opportunities explored,” she said.

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