There has been a $100 million royal commission, which has resulted in 148 recommendations being made to the government. In turn, the government has committed more than $17 billion to the industry and has committed to supporting many of those recommendations.
And yet, we still hear reports of neglect and abuse in aged care, and many are concerned the government’s recent funding boost doesn’t address some of the most fundamental problems facing the sector.
As the royal commission said in its report on the various inquiries over the years, “The overarching question that arises is why, after all these reviews, the aged care system still fails to support an appropriate quality of life for the most frail and vulnerable members of our community.”
HelloCare is fortunate to have many aged care workers reading our pages. Recently, a member of our Aged Care Workers Support Group on Facebook asked members how they thought the sector could be improved.
The answers provide telling insights into the problems aged care workers face every day – but they will not surprise those who closely follow the sector. These suggestions are nothing new.
The question now is, when will the reforms begin to show real improvements on the frontline? When can staff begin to feel more supported? And when will we see higher standards of care broadly across the sector?
Here are the ideas proposed by aged care workers to ‘fix’ the aged care system.
Better pay and conditions for aged care staff
High quality training
Improvements at the bedside
Broad sector changes
What do you think could make aged care a more appealing career and improve outcomes for residents in Australia’s aged care system?