Dutch Scheme could help save Australia's Aged Care crisis

NPAQ recommends Buurtzorg Scheme

The Courier Mail's Des Houghton reported that after it was revealed 230 older Australians die each week waiting for government help to stay at home, pioneering Dutch neighbourhood care scheme may offer a solution to Australia’s burgeoning aged care crisis.  

 

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Neighbour nurse plan 'a big boon to elderly'

Nurses Professional Association of Queensland director Graeme Haycroft. Picture: AAP
Nurses Professional Association of Queensland director Graeme Haycroft. Picture: AAP

A new “neighbourhood nursing” scheme could keep older Australians in their own homes longer and save the economy $4.5bn a year, the aged-care royal commission has been told.

 

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Townsville Hospital name change

Townsville Hospital

CHRIS LEES, Townsville Bulletin reports that the Townsville Hospital is no longer after the facility’s name officially changed in the hope of attracting and retaining staff.

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Aged Care Nursing - ABC Radio with Steve Austin

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QLD Nurses: Union claims nursing sector in crisis as graduates finish training unable to do basic tasks

Nursing Student

Jackie Sinnerton, The Sunday Mail (Qld) 24 November

The ‘dumbing down’ of nursing degrees has been blamed as students nearing the end of their training struggle to perform even the most basic tasks like calculating medication doses and taking blood pressure.

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Communication Survey

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Does NPAQ have the right to enter workplaces?

Right of Entry

NPAQ has never actually had a problem in practice in this area, however the answer is “yes” and “no”.

As an "unregistered" Trade Union under the Fair Trade Act, NPAQ have nearly the same workplace rights as a "registered" Trade Union.  There are four differences, which we set out in NPAQ’s submission to the recent Senate Enquiry into the Integrity Bill.

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Nurse Confessions

Confession

Confession may be good for the soul but sometimes not so good for an employee.

The old saying, ‘nobody talks, everybody walks’ holds some truth. As a rule of thumb, there is never a need to volunteer for interviews or to give evidence.

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16,000 elderly died waiting for Home Care

Elderly on park bench

Here at NPAQ headquarters we were alarmed to read in the interim report of the Royal Commission in to aged care that 16,000 elderly Australians died waiting for Home Care packages.  

This is a disgrace.


Our members (and one of our executives) have told us they have elderly parents who have waited three years for a package.
We intend to highlight this failure in our submission to the Royal Commission.

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“Humanity over Bureaucracy” a Dutch-inspired revolution in Nursing.

Buurtzorg

A new model of care has been developed in the Netherlands called ‘Buurtzorg’ meaning ‘neighbourhood care’. 

The Buurtzorg method has three aims:

  1. better care for patients,
  2. happier staff and
  3. lower costs.
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