20,000 Nurses Needed in Australia

According to the website of Australian Nursing Federation (ANF), “aged care can’t wait.”

The aged care sector in Australia needs an injection of fund to address the country’s under-resourced aged care sector.

Almost $500 million is required to close the wages gap and attract an extra 20,000 nursing staff.

Projection is that in the next 40 years, the over-65 population will go from representing one in six people to one in four, and those over 85 from one in 200 to one in 20.

The ANF is calling for the urgent funding because the shortage of aged care nursing staff is already having a real impact, with independent analysis showing nursing home residents are on average receiving just 22 minutes of care from a nurse each day.

“Fixing aged care can’t wait – it has to happen now,” ANF Federal Secretary, Lee
Thomas, said today

“The shortage is getting worse and we will need to triple our aged care workforce to
meet the demand of an aging population.”

“But one of the main reasons we can’t recruit and then retain aged care nurses and AINs is because of the significant wages gap experienced by aged care nursing staff across the country.”

“Aged care nurses are paid between $168 and $390 on average less per week than nurses working in public hospitals.

“The PC report acknowledged that wage disparity for aged care nursing staff in its draft report but its final report must now lay the foundation for the Gillard Government to deliver on its commitment to fixing aged care in its second term.

“Budget 2012 must be the aged care Budget for the sake of elderly Australians, their families and the staff that care for them when we cannot.”

Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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