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Ratios for Aged Care - Make Them Law Now

ANMF National Aged Care Survey 2019 - Final Reports
Thank you to all the individuals across Australia who contributed their valuable time and knowledge by participating in the ANMF’s National Aged Care Survey 2019.

The ANMF is grateful to the nurses, aged care workers, other staff, and especially to the community members, residents, family members, and loved ones who shared their views, experiences, and insight into the current situation of Australia’s aged care system.It is the ANMF’s hope that this report, and the forthcoming companion report focussing upon the responses provided by community members, will underpin and hasten the desperately urgent actions needed to improve aged care in Australia to provide the level of quality, safety, and appropriateness that all recipients of aged care services deserve.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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