Plea for more aged-care staffing

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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.

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