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It’s time to act for Ruby

ANMF’s national campaign for ratios and skill mix in private and not-for-profit aged care begins its next phase.

Members are urged to contact their Federal MP to make aged care staff ratios law and encourage their family, friends and colleagues to do the same.

With an increase in preventable deaths in aged care over the last decade, hundreds of elderly citizens in nursing homes dying from falls, choking and suicide.

A series of new advertisements will be released periodically on the ANMF Vic Branch Facebook.  The first depicts ‘Ruby’, an elderly woman who has fallen, calling help, but staff are unavailable.

Legislated ratios would mean that elderly living in private or not-for-profit nursing homes would have at least a minimum number of nurses and carers on every shift to ensure they are safe.

The Federal Morrison Government currently has no nurse or carer to resident staff ratio laws, unlike childcare and Victorian public nursing homes.

Under the Victorian Safe Patient Care Act, residents in Victorian public nursing homes are protected by legislated aged care ratios. Last week the Bill to improve ratios and introduce new ratios, passed the lower house. The Bill is expected to proceed to the upper house by the end of September.