Health Minister Mark Butler will introduce legislation to deliver the Albanese Government’s aged care reforms as early as next month, delivering on its election promise to mandate 24/7 registered nurses by next July. Source: The Age.
Mr Butler said the Government was drafting the bill “to present to the Parliament as soon as it opens”, while also working on a plan to boost the nursing workforce.
He has asked his department to update its workforce modelling to factor in part-time aged care nurses who might pick up extra hours.
Mr Butler said he hoped that better working conditions would persuade former aged care nurses and personal carers to return to the sector, but that “migration is going to have to play a role”.
The College of Nursing says Australia must recruit nurses from overseas to fill gaps in aged care.
The new government’s aged care bill will also set up a new aged care funding model due to start on October 1 with an average daily 200 care minutes per resident from October 2023. That standard includes 40 minutes with a registered nurse and requires a registered nurse to be on-site for a morning and afternoon shift.
The bill will expand this to implement the Aged Care Royal Commission’s recommendation for a registered nurse to also be required on the night shift from July 2023 and increase care minutes to 215 per day, 44 of them with a registered nurse, from October 2024.
Butler promises priority legislation to mandate aged care nurses (By Dana Daniel, The Age)