Tell your politician that you want aged care staff ratio laws
There’s a law that means there’s one carer for every four toddlers in childcare. But in aged care, there are no staff ratio laws to protect elderly Australians like Ruby. Our nurses and carers do an amazing job, but they need your help. Go to http://timeforruby.anmf.org.au/ to let your federal politician know that they can’t ignore the issue any longer. We need staff ratio laws for aged care NOW.
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
For more information about the Royal Commission into the aged care sector, how to make a submission and to get the latest updates from the ANMF as we prepare our own submission, go to our Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety update page here.
Ratios for Aged Care Campaign: Resources
Go to the Campaign Resources page to view Campaign Videos, download Fact and Information Sheets and Posters to get involved and spread the word about the campaign.
Australia should be a world leader in aged care delivery
That’s why nurses and doctors have joined forces in calling for aged care ratios.
The ANMF, the AMA, RACGP and ANZSGM published a letter in The Australian newspaper calling on Prime Minister Morrison to legislate minimum staffing ratios that will enable the delivery of the holistic care plans needed to ensure safe and best practice care for all elderly Australians. Read the full letter here.
Aged Care Ratios Make Economic Sense
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has released compelling evidence which outlines how mandated minimum staffing ratios in aged care can be implemented to bring improvements in care outcomes for elderly nursing home residents while also providing economic benefits. Independent economic analysis, undertaken by the Flinders University’s Australian Industrial Transformation Institute (AITI), not only outlines the financial benefits of implementing mandated minimum staffing levels for the care of the elderly but also warns of the ‘significant costs’ of not mandating the minimum levels of nursing and care hours in nursing homes.
- Financial and Cost Benefit Implications of the Recommendations of the National Aged Care Staffing and Skills Mix Final Report
- Aged Care Ratios Make Economic Sense
About the Campaign
Australia's elderly die in care with no laws to protect them
Over the last 13 years, chronic understaffing has seen a 400% increase in preventable deaths of elderly Australians in aged care with hundreds dying from falls, choking and suicide. They are our parents and grandparents, people who looked after us and loved us, but now many of them, especially those in need of high care, are left unfed, unwashed and even in soiled nappies for hours.
Hard-pressed nurses and care staff do the best they can in impossible circumstances, but they are run off their feet and can’t provide the care they want to. And while our nurses and care staff struggle because there is simply not enough of them, last year*, owners of Aged Care facilities racked up over $1 billion in profits while cutting staff.
Australia has strict staff ratios for childcare, which is as it should be. But there are no ratios for aged care and no laws to ensure our elderly get the care they need.
It’s a crisis that shames us. Our Aged Care system has been ignored by governments for far too long.
*that all indications from major for-profit and non-profit company reports continue to show further increases in profitability in the 2016-17 financial year.
There's an urgent need for staff ratios in aged care
Currently aged care residents are receiving around 2.86 hours of care per day from nurses and carers, which is nowhere near enough time to shower, toilet, medicate, dress, feed, roll over, move, let alone talk to a resident. The evidence shows residents should be receiving a minimum of 4 hours 18 minutes of care per day - one and a half hours more than they are getting now.
Now is the time for action
The Federal Election is our chance to get the government to take action and Make Ratios Law. If you haven't already joined the campaign, join the thousands of supporters across Australia by:
- Liking us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MoreStaffForAgedCare
- Going to timeforruby.anmf.org.au to tell your politician that you want aged care staff ratio laws
- Download resources to help spread the word about the campaign
Ratios for Aged Care. Make Them Law. Now.
Aged care providers putting profits before their responsibility to care
Australia’s top six aged care providers, some with foreign ownership, posted enormous profits whilst taking advantage of AUD $2.17 billion in Australian taxpayer funded subsidies, using various loopholes, corporate structures and discretionary trusts to avoid paying their fair share of tax, according to a new report examining tax avoidance in the rapidly-growing aged care sector. The report, Tax Avoidance by For-Profit Aged Care Companies: Profit Shifting on Public Funds, was prepared by Jason Ward from the Tax Justice Network, on behalf of the ANMF. View the full report: http://bit.ly/anmf-taxavoidancereport
A week after the release of the above report, the Senate Economics Reference Committee announced an Inquiry into the financial and tax practices of Australia’s for-profit aged care providers. Read media release
Sign our petition calling on all political parties to:
- Make for-profit aged care operators accountable for how they spend billions of taxpayer money;
- Ensure that billions of dollars in taxpayer funding to for-profit aged care providers must be invested in caring for our elderly rather than earning profits for shareholders.
- ANMF Federal Secretary gives evidence to Aged Care Royal Commission | 13th February
- Chronic understaffing in aged care is causing enormous pain and suffering for residents and families | 17th January
- Aged care funding won’t help vulnerable nursing home residents | 17th December
- Aged care ratios make economic sense | 16th December
- Australia should be a world leader in aged care delivery | 15th December
- ANMF Says Parliament Must Act to Pass Staffing Ratios Disclosure Bill | 10th December
- Recommendations for greater transparency in aged care a positive first-step, but more action is needed | 28th November
- For-profit aged care providers must account for billions in taxpayer subsidies | 22nd November
- Community should support greater transparency in nursing home staffing | 26th October
- It's time to change the rules in aged care | 23rd October
- Governments and regulators have failed our elderly | 25th September
- Australia’s elderly deserve so much better. And they deserve it now. | 17th September
- Better staffing can stop the suffering in nursing homes | 16th September
- Senators standing up for our elderly residents | 11th September
- Time to put aged care before ‘corporate welfare’ | 4th September
- Calls for aged care providers to ‘come clean’ on staffing ratios | 20th August
- Senate Inquiry will 'shine a light' on questionable financial practices of for-profit aged care providers | 17th July
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day highlights mistreatment of elderly Australians | 15th June
- Aged care providers must prove they’re using taxpayer funding on direct care for elderly residents | 12th June
- International Nurses Day: ANMF members rally for staff ratios in aged care | 12th May
- ANMF welcomes inquiry into for-profit aged care providers | 10th May
- Budget fails to deliver improved staffing in aged care | 8th May
- Petition calls on for-profit aged care providers to use billions in taxpayer funding on care for elderly Australians | 4th May
- Aged care providers putting profits before their responsibility to care | 2nd May
- Better staffing will fix the crisis in aged care | 17th April
- Crisis in aged care continues: Minister must act | 5th April
- Ratios For Aged Care. Make Them Law. Now. | 19th March
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