NSW must maintain minimum aged care staffing standards



ASMOF and other members of the NSW Aged Care Roundtable have written to The Hon Brad Hazzard MP urging the NSW Government to maintain provisions in the NSW Public Health Act 2010 which set minimum staffing standards for NSW nursing homes. Section 104 of the Act, which requires there to be a registered nurse on duty in nursing homes at all times, is set to be repealed in September.

Whilst the NSW Government has previously referred the issue of aged care staffing to the federal Minister for Aged Care to be dealt with under Commonwealth legislation, considering the ongoing and well publicised issues in the quality of aged care, we believe the NSW Government still has an obligation to ensure the safety of older people in NSW.

Our letter states the Roundtable’s belief that failure to secure a minimum level of registered nurse oversight in NSW residential aged care facilities has the potential to place NSW nursing home residents at risk.

The joint letter sent on 16th August is attached here.