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Nurses Call for More Support in Aged Care

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Nurses are calling for more support in the aged care sector.

Speaking at the aged-care royal commission in Adelaide, nurse Sharon Lawrence said the decline in the number of nurses must be fixed as there are too few staff and there is not enough time to do the work.

The Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has been calling for mandatory staff levels, similar to those mandated in the child care sector.

Nursing And Midwifery Federation’s Federal Secretary Annie Butler has echoed Ms Sharkie and Ms Lawrence's calls, suggesting a doubling of nurses in the sector along with 80,000 more direct carers in Australia.

She also said there needs to be more transparency around private companies' use of federal funding.

"The critical thing that needs to happen is we need to see clear rules for transparency and accountability from aged care providers in how they use that funding," Annie Butler said.

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