Federal MPs will soon disperse for their winter break, but in this colourful Parliament — where no-one seems aligned to anyone for any length of time anymore — the last two sitting weeks offer genuine surprises galore.
Australia needs to establish minimum staffing levels based on research and expert opinion.
In the meantime, aged care homes should be required to publish their direct care staffing rosters online. This would enable people to make informed decisions about the standards of care in each aged care home.
Dr Sarah Russell is a public health researcher and director of Age Care Matters.
Topics: aged-care, community-and-society, health, older-people, australia