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Tell the government to support my bill to have registered nurses in all aged care facilities 24/7

In February 2021, the Royal Commission into Aged Care handed down its final report, making 148 recommendations to ensure older Australians could live with dignity and respect as they entered the residential aged care system. One of these recommendations was to always have a registered nurse on-site at all times.

I’m concerned aged care residents are not getting the care they need, and the care is varied depending on where they are located across Australia. The inconsistent approach leads to variations in the level of care and quality provided to residents. Proper care for our elderly is critical and it requires aged care homes to have registered nurses on site at all times.

We must also recognise that a lack of properly qualified staff negatively impacts the staff as well.

Unfortunately, due to chronic understaffing and skills shortages some residents just aren’t receiving the care they deserve. Nursing home residents, their families, the aged care workforce, and the wider Australian community cannot wait any longer.

My Bill, requiring aged care facilities to have a registered nurse present at all times, will raise the level of care to residents, will attract and retain new graduate nurses and increase the skilled workforce to provide the required levels of supervision and support.

Ageing should be a privilege, not a punishment.

Will you sign?

Tell the Government to support my bill to ensure our elderly get the proper care they deserve!