IT'S TIME TO FIX AGED CARE

The aged care sector was in crisis before coronavirus.

It's estimated that 22-50% of aged care residents are malnourished. Thousands of cases of abuse and assault are reported in residential aged care each year, while 50,000 go unreported. 103,000 older Australians are waiting for home care and in just two years, almost 30,000 died waiting, while more than 30,000 went into aged care homes prematurely.

COVID-19 has exposed this crisis, but the Morrison Government is failing to act. We’re calling on the Government to take these eight actions to fix Australia’s broken aged care system:

  1. Minimum staffing levels in residential aged care
  2. Reduce the home care package waiting list so more people can stay in their homes for longer
  3. Ensure transparency and accountability of funding to support high quality care
  4. Independent measurement and public reporting as recommended by the Royal Commission this week
  5. Ensure every residential aged care facility has adequate personal protective equipment
  6. Better training for staff, including on infection control
  7. A better surge workforce strategy
  8. Provide additional resources so the Aged Care Royal Commission can inquire specifically into COVID-19 across the sector while not impacting or delaying the handing down of the final report

SIGN THE PETITION

The aged care sector was in crisis before coronavirus, and its weaknesses have now been exposed. We need to take urgent action to ensure Older Australians are treated with dignity and respect in aged care.

We therefore ask the House to: 1. Ensure minimum staffing levels in residential aged care; 2. Reduce the home care package waiting list so more people can stay in their homes for longer; 3. Ensure transparency and accountability of funding to support high quality care; 4. Establish independent measurement and public reporting as recommended by the Royal Commission; 5. Ensure every residential aged care facility has adequate personal protective equipment; 6. Ensure better training for staff, including on infection control; 7 Implement a better surge workforce strategy; and 8. Provide additional resources so the Aged Care Royal Commission can inquire specifically into COVID-19 across the sector while not impacting or delaying the handing down of the final report.