Aged Care

Access to quality aged care when required should be available to everyone who needs it at an affordable price. People should be able to access adequate care within their own homes, with nursing home care being a last resort for those with high care, complex needs. 

Mandatory staff to resident ratios should be used in aged care facilities to ensure quality of care and lifestyle of residents are achieved and maintained. These ratios must be based on the care needs and clinical acuity of residents.

The accreditation process must be overhauled to ensure that aged care providers provide a level of care that meets the needs of residents, based on an objective assessment of the care outcomes experienced by residents.

CPSA is fundamentally opposed to forcing people who have no other significant assets to sell or reverse mortgage their home to pay for residential or community aged care.

Read CPSA's full aged care policy here


Oakden Aged Care Review: Govt “relentless” in doing very little

Horrific abuse and neglect at the Oakden aged care facility in Adelaide prompted the Federal Minister for Aged Care to call for a review. On 25 October 2017, the minister released the report of the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes. 

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Aged care workforce review: unions banned

The Australian Government has announced an "expert taskforce" to develop a wide-ranging aged care workforce strategy.

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Public consultation to the wind

Despite the severity of recent aged care incidents, the review of aged care and the public consultation that followed has been as transparent as mud. 

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Deadly outbreaks claim lives of nursing home residents

It is a particularly nasty flu season, with nursing homes across NSW and the country going into lockdown in a bid to curb the spread. Sadly for some this has not been enough. 

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Down, down, nutrition is down!

A major supermarket chain used to have a slogan, Feed your family for under $10 a day. It seems the Australian aged care sector is working hard to get to the point where they feed nursing home residents for half that.

Read more: Down, down, nutrition is down!

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