Plea for more aged-care staffing
MORE nurses and quality service providers need to be attracted into the aged-care industry if it is to have a sustainable, long-term future.
Techforce Health and Nursing nursing manager Derek Jaffer is calling on South Australians to campaign for the provision of quality care now and well into the future.
‘‘ Every South Australian, indeed every Australian, will have a relative or a personal need for care within the next 40 years,’’ he says
‘‘ We must make the Government aware that it is our civil right to high-quality care from appropriately trained staff in well-equipped facilities when the need arises.’’
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations estimates an extra 46,700 aged and disabled carers will be needed by 2015-16, with 52,700 registered nurses and 5900 enrolled and mothercraft nurses.
Jaffer, however, says there is an immediate need to increase staffing levels of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and personal carers in aged care and to provide them with ongoing training.
Wages also need to be increased to be on par with those for staff in acute care, he says.
Jaffer says more funding, investment and upgraded incentives need to be provided by governments to retain and attract quality providers to the aged-care sector.