Aged Care Industry Newsletter 26 April 2006


Thursday, 20 September 2007

If you're buying or selling Aged Care -
Howard $170m nurse training plan attacked

Friday, 14 September 2007
Australian Associated Press

THE Federal Government's $170 million nursing plan is "an insult" to professional carers that will have no impact at all, the Australian Nursing Federation says.

Prime Minister John Howard today announced a $170 million plan to boost the number of nursing places by 500 a year through colleges which are either inside or next to hospitals.

He did so on the same day that nursing associations from around the country met in Sydney to launch a TV advertising campaign criticising the federal government's industrial relations laws.

The ANF says WorkChoices, which covers more than 100,000 nurses in aged care facilities, is forcing people out of the profession.

Ged Kearney, assistant secretary of the ANF, said Mr Howard's plan to remedy the nursing crisis showed no forward thinking.

"The Howard government is looking back, wishing back to the old days," Ms Kearney told reporters.

"It's typical of this government, not moving forward and not having any vision for the future."

Ms Kearney said Mr Howard had contributed to the nursing shortage by cutting university places when he first came to power in 1996.

"It's taken them 11 years to get back to where they were in 1996," she said.

"For Mr Howard to be excited about fixing the nursing shortage he created is an insult."

NSW Nurses Federation general secretary Brett Holmes said the $170 million program is "a measly little plan that will have no impact at all".

"It's a distraction - $170 million goes nowhere in addressing the real issues about nursing education and for a workforce in the future," Mr Holmes said.

"The Howard government's aged car policies have already created a serious staffing problem in aged care."

Mr Holmes said the money would be better spent ensuring clinical supervision of undergraduate nurses.

"You can't add more nurses to the bedside and expect to train them on the spot," he said.

"It is not an adequate response to a major issue.

"We were there in the 80s. We as a profession has moved on.

"It's sad the prime minister is going back in time."

The first advertisement in the nursing association's two week campaign will be aired on Sunday.

The ad shows a frail woman using a zimmer frame, calling out for a nurse who fails to turn up to help her.

Blast for nursing schools

Saturday, 15 September 2007
By Peter Jean
Herald Sun

NURSES who graduate from 25 hospital-based training schools will only be qualified to carry out limited functions.

Prime Minister John Howard has promised to spend $170 million on the schools, which will produce 500 new nurses a year.

Students will graduate as enrolled nurses qualified to do simple procedures and dispense oral medications.

They will not have the same level of training as university-trained registered nurses who can dispense intravenous drugs and operate complex medical equipment.

Nursing groups yesterday said the funds set aside for the schools would be better spent on existing nurse training programs.

"Setting up a parallel system isn't going to solve the problem," Royal College of Nursing executive director Rosemary Bryant said.

Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd said the Government was not doing enough to address the 19,000 annual shortage of registered and enrolled nurses.

"You either have a serious long-term plan for dealing with the challenge of health and hospitals and nurses or you're simply playing pre-election politics," he said.

Catholic Health Australia supported the training schools and said they should also be in aged care facilities.

More aged nursing homes on shame file

Friday, 15 September 2007
By Michael Owen
The Advertiser

FOUR South Australian nursing homes are operating under Federal Government sanctions and another six homes have failed standards of care this year.

Data from the federal Department of Health and Ageing and the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency reveals an alarming situation for some of SA's 13,000 nursing home residents.

SA has the equal highest number of homes operating under sanctions in the country with Victoria.

The sanctions, for cases of serious non-compliance with department standards, have been applied this year to:

Brighton Aged Care, South Brighton.
Regency Green Multi-cultural Aged Care Service, Regency Park.
Ridge Park Health Care Centre, Myrtle Bank.
The Kensington Residential Care Facility, Kensington Park.

Since January 1, homes that have failed to meet standards are:

Makk & McLeay Nursing Home, Oakden.
Pinchunga (run by Penola War Memorial Hospital), Penola.
Hyde Park Nursing Home, Hyde Park.
Gloucester Residential Care, Ingle Farm.
Croydon Park Aged Care Facility (formerly St Basil's Croydon Park Hostel), Croydon Park.
Valley View Residential Care Facility, Valley View.

Gloucester, Valley View and Croydon Park had penalties imposed by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.

In comparison, Victoria has four homes operating under sanctions, WA and Queensland has two, NSW has one and Tasmania, the ACT and the NT have none.

Penalties were applied when there was "serious risk" to residents, while sanctions were enforced when there was an "immediate and severe risk" to residents.

Aged and Community Services Australia chief executive officer Greg Mundy said after analysing a state-by-state breakdown of breaches to compare jurisdictions over the past few months, he could not explain why SA was leading the nation in failing standards of care.

He said nursing home standards had generally improved.

Dr Meera Goel, the director of the 78-bed Gloucestor Residential Care, which failed 24 of 44 criteria, yesterday said it was working to comply with all standards expected by the department.

$100m retirement village

Sunday, 16 September 2007
By Brad Crouch
Sunday Mail

A $100 MILLION retirement village will be built at Northgate under plans by Masonic Homes and ACH Group.

The Wheatfield Joint Venture won a competitive tender with the State Government's Land Management Corporation to buy the 4.2ha Fosters Rd site, with construction expected to start next year.
The planned retirement village will have about 190 units, a community care centre and a club.

It will include single-storey villas, multi-storey apartments with views of the city and Adelaide Hills, and 30 units built to Government requirements for affordable housing.

The care centre will have such services as medical assistance and housekeeping, and will be available to other residents in the region.

Infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon welcomed the plan, saying each of the joint venture partners had longstanding experience in senior care.

"Masonic Homes has developed and operates facilities similar to the village proposed for Northgate," he said.

Masonic Homes chief executive Doug Strain said he was thrilled to have won the tender with ACH Group.

"This is a first for South Australia, with two innovators in aged care joining forces to provide leading-edge independent living options," he said.

Aged Care Sales Australia

Property Services
Kevin Stapleton

Corporate Services
Shane ChambersTencaten

If you are in the market to sell an Aged Care Centre please call us today on

Free Ph: 1800 700 517
Free Fax: 1800 600 371

We have plenty of buyers waiting throughout Australia

Howard $170m nurse training plan attacked

Blast for nursing schools

More aged nursing homes on shame file

$100m retirement village

Send your feedback

Contact Us

Finance for agedcare