Local News

Sharkie's Aged Care Bill Gets Parliamentary Approval

Sharkie in parliament.JPG

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has been advised that a parliamentary committee has recommended the adoption of her Private Members Bill requiring the publication of staff to patient ratio’s in aged care facilities.

Ms Sharkie is now calling on the Government to accept the recommendations of the committee and bring the bill into the parliament for debate in 2019.

“My legislation is a pragmatic step forward that will make residential facilities be upfront about their staffing levels,” Rebekha said today.

“Requiring aged care providers to publish their staff-to-resident ratios by job description on the Federal Government’s My Aged Care website will assist people to make more informed choices when they investigate facilities for themselves or their loved ones.

“It is not the only way to increase transparency in this sector, but given that the industry has consistently resisted transparency when it comes to staffing numbers and qualifications, I do believe it will help.

“I have the oldest electorate in South Australia and the sixth oldest in the country so aged care is an important issue for my community, and they are deeply concerned that many facilities do not have enough staff with the right qualifications to care for residents.

“Now I call on the Government to accept the recommendations of the committee, bring my Bill into the Parliament for debate and support the legislation.

“The Royal Commission into aged care services mustn’t put the brakes on urgent reforms in the sector.”

The committee also recommended a 12 month review of the legislation to see what, if any, impact it has had on aged care sector providers.