‘Time for action is now’: ANMF
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has called on the Morrison government to urgently respond to the Royal Commission’s recognition that mandatory minimum staffing ratios are needed in aged care.
“This government and many previous governments have done nothing to address shortages of RNs and qualified carers working in aged care,” said ANMF Federal Secretary, Annie Butler.
“The Morrison government must act now.
“Every day the government delays taking action to address dangerous understaffing, is another sad day that vulnerable residents will continue to suffer,” she said.
Annie thanked commissioners Tony Pagone and Lynelle Briggs for “acknowledging the importance of the right numbers of the right types of staff in guaranteeing safe, dignified care for every older Australian”.
“Their recommendations are certainly a step in the right direction.
“They see the clear link between more staff, safety of care, a safe work environment and attraction and retention of workers.”
Annie said the commissioners recognised that inadequate staffing levels are linked to worse outcomes for staff, including burnout, lower retention and high turnover.
“The report also highlights research indicating the superior performance of government-run nursing homes on a wide range of quality indicators – especially when compared to for-profit facilities.
“The report notes that the key difference is the presence of minimum staff ratios in public facilities.”