Article Written by Stephen Lunn, Social Affairs Editor, The Australian on 3 March, 2020
The elderly will be particularly at risk in the event of a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus, with aged-care homes unable to cope, a nurses’ group has warned.
The Nurses Professional Association of Queensland is also worried aged-care nurses have received no specific training or advice from the government on how to handle the coronavirus.
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.
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.
NATASHA BITA, The Courier-Mail
September 22, 2019
A woman choked to death on her food, another was not bathed for two years and busy staff turned off call bells. These are just some of the contested allegations Queensland nurses will make to the Royal Commission into aged care abuse.