Aged Care Workers And Residents Big Winners In Budget 2010

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11 May 2010


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BUDGET 2010, NEWS, NURSING, AGED CARE, POLITICS








  Aged care workers and residents big winners in Budget 2010


Ged Kearney, Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF)

said today that Budget 2010 had delivered a huge win for aged care nurses,

care staff and the residents they care for.


“The $132 million aged care workforce package announced by the

Treasurer in Budget 2010 ensures nurses will remain front and centre in the

delivery of aged care in Australia.


“We are thrilled with the $60 million education incentive for aged care

nurses. This will lead to thousands of nurses, assistants in nursing (AINs)

and personal care workers upgrading their skills, helping them to stay

working in the aged care sector and ensuring high quality care is delivered.


“This is vital given the number of nurses in aged care actually declined by

4,000 between 2003 to 2007 while the number of residents increased by

15,000 in that time.  


“The introduction of a national licensing system for AINs and personal care

workers will recognise their professionalism while ensuring high standards

of care, safety and protection for residents.


“Almost $19 million has been allocated for 25 nurse practitioners to work

across 100 nursing homes. This will further the career pathway for nurses in

aged care and greatly benefit residents in those homes.

 

“Both of these initiatives when linked with the 900 new nursing scholarships

will dramatically improve the career options for aged care nurses and staff.


“The ANF has campaigned long and hard for recognition of aged care

nurses and care staff through our Because We Care campaign and tonight

the Federal Government has listened and taken some important first steps.


“A critical focus for our campaign is the introduction of minimum staffing

levels in aged care. The government has tonight given that a huge boost

with a commitment to undertake the detailed research that can inform the

introduction of this long overdue reform.


“You can’t fix the problems in aged care overnight but this budget is a great

start,” Ms Kearney said.




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Canberra Office 


Unit 3, 28 Eyre Street  Kingston  ACT  2604  Australia 

PO Box 4239  Kingston  ACT  2604  Australia

(T)  + 61 2 6232 6533   (F)  + 61 2 6232 6610 

anfcanberra@anf.org.au


Melbourne Office 


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(T )  + 61 3 9602 8500   (F)  + 61 3 9602 8567 

anfmelbourne@anf.org.au 

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Australian Nursing Journal 

Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing

anj@anf.org.au   ajan@anf.org.au

ABN 41 816 898 298




Background

 

Australia today has some 2,800 residential aged care facilities providing

care to more than 160,000 elderly people, 70 per cent of whom receive

high-level care and 55 percent of whom are 85 years of age or older.

 

By 2020 the number of residents is projected to reach more than 250,000 –

a 56 percent increase.

 

And the highest area of growth will be among residents aged 95 or over

who will need the highest level of care we can give them.

 

The high-care proportion of residential aged care is going to need to almost

triple in the next 25 years to keep up with demand.


The latest snapshot of the Residential Aged Care workforce in 2007 shows

22,399 Registered Nurses,16,293 enrolled nurses and 84,746 personal

care workers employed in aged care.

 

The Because We Care campaign was launched by the Australian Nursing

Federation in March 2009 and is aimed at raising awareness and

recognition of Australia’s highly skilled and dedicated aged care nursing

and care workforce, by focusing on:


        

The right balance of skills and nursing hours so that nursing and care

staff can provide quality care for every resident.

        

Fair pay for aged care nurses and care staff.

        

Recognition of the professional skills of Assistants in Nursing and care

staff through a national licensing system.

        

A guarantee that taxpayer funding is used for nursing and personal

care for each resident.

 


Ged Kearney, Federal Secretary



0417 053 322

Lee Thomas, Assistant Secretary



0419 576 590

Sue Bellino, Political Coordinator



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Eleni Hale, Media Adviser




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