In 2020, the CPSU submitted two reports to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, on behalf of our members at the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC). This is a part of a long-time Royal Commission that started in 2018.
In our submissions, the CPSU highlighted four key recommendations:
- That there should be more staffing and a lifting of the ASL staffing cap;
- That the ACQSC should be using the full regulatory powers attached to the ACQSC;
- That the ACQSC implement a case management system that involves front-line staff in a meaningful way; and
- That the ACQSC expand its workplace diversity.
2020 was a big year for Aged Care. With the difficulties of COVID-19, and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the ACQSC has been highlighted as a staple in ensuring quality care in the elderly community. The CPSU appreciates the enormous efforts that our members have put into ensuring the safety of our elders.
Quotes attributable to Beth Vincent-Pietsch:
“Our members at the Aged Care regulator are deeply committed to aged care, but they have been hamstrung by a complete lack of resourcing and insufficient powers. Their calls to fix the regulator have, until now, fallen on the deaf ears of the Government.”
“Our members desperately want to deliver on community expectations, but they need the Government to act. Understaffing, under-resourcing and poor training structures, coupled with ACQSC’s incredible over-reliance on labour hire, is having a devastating impact on ACQSC’s capacity.”