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A joint media release from the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation, Australian College of Nursing, College of Nurse Practitioners, CRANAplus, Drug & Alcohol Nurses of Australasia, Australian College of Perioperative Nurses and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.
The country’s peak nursing organisations today stand together to condemn the Morrison Government for its failure to protect Australia’s nursing home residents, and the nurses and care workers doing their utmost in a sector that has been overwhelmed by COVID. And, at a time when the latest COVID outbreaks continue to claim lives in Australia’s nursing homes.
The Government has overseen an escalating breakdown of aged care by:
Sadly, the latest Omicron wave has exacerbated the staffing crisis in Australia’s nursing homes.
COVID outbreaks have led to further staff shortages and dangerous workloads and exacerbated the breakdown in aged care with:
This is while the Ministers responsible for the sector have, astonishingly, deflected the responsibility for their Government’s failures onto aged care residents themselves with their claims that many residents are palliative or have underlying health conditions. These are the very reasons why people move into nursing homes and why they are at greater risk from COVID and therefore require increased protections.
But yet again, they’ve been abandoned by the Morrison Government:
The situation is unacceptable and demonstrates once again that this Government neither understands aged care nor cares for those living and working in the system.
Our aged care workers, residents and their families, deserve so much better; they deserve dignity and respect.
As we head to the federal election, the Morrison Government must do so much more if we are to have any real hope of fixing the crisis in aged care.
As a start, the peak nursing organisations recommend the following actions:
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