Aged care fa­cil­i­ties ‘lack staff’

The Weekend Post - - News - SO­PHIE CHIRGWIN

AN au­dit of Queens­land aged care fa­cil­i­ties has found chronic un­der­staffing and as­so­ci­ated ne­glect in all 30 of the state’s fed­eral elec­torates.

Queens­land Nurses and Mid­wives’ Union Sec­re­tary Beth Mohle said checks of more than 80 fa­cil­i­ties from Cairns and Clon­curry to Coolan­gatta found all failed to pro­vide the rec­om­mended hours of care.

The au­dit found el­derly Queens­lan­ders were rou­tinely forced to wait for help and were not prop­erly washed, fed, med­i­cated, ex­er­cised or turned. They re­ceived 1.69 hours of care be­low the rec­om­mended 4.3 hours per res­i­dent.

“Nurses, mid­wives and QNMU staff, tired of fed­eral in­ac­tion on aged care, re­cently took mat­ters into their own hands to con­duct a se­cret au­dit of aged care fa­cil­i­ties,’’ Ms Mohle said.

“To­day we re­veal the fed­eral elec­torate break­down of the au­dit’s find­ings.

“The QNMU’s au­dit has con­firmed Queens­land’s aged care fa­cil­i­ties are in cri­sis due to chronic un­der­staffing and the com­plete lack of fed­eral staffing laws in Aus­tralia’s pri­vate aged care in­dus­try.’’

The QNMU au­dit also found more than 77 per cent of aged care staff were not nurses.

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