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To: Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Aged Care Richard Colbeck
We Demand Action for Aged Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly highlighted the fault lines of the aged care system, a system that was already in crisis.
Older Australians deserve respect, dignity and high quality care. Good quality jobs deliver good quality care.
The Government must deliver urgent and major reform to improve care outcomes and support for the workforce with a plan to:
1. Mandate minimum staffing levels and required mix of skills and qualifications in every residential facility, over every shift
2. Ensure transparency and accountability for Government funding
3. Mandate training requirements (including infection control
and ongoing professional development) accessible to all staff and paid by employer
4. Increase Government funding, linked to the provision of care and the direct employment of permanent staff with decent pay and enough hours to live
Why is this important?
Only through a substantial increase in funding with expenditure transparency measures, mandated minimum staffing levels across a mix of skills, and improved wages and conditions of the workforce, can the aged care sector provide the high-quality care that older Australians deserve.
The Government can no longer afford its inaction.
Join us to demand Action on Aged Care.