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February 28, 2021

Job cuts to aged care in Lismore

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They say that the job cuts will affect kitchen and catering staff, while shift reductions will affect catering, cleaning and physiotherapy staff. 

‘The Federal Government has wound back aged care funding by almost $2 billion, putting further pressure on the aged care sector at a time when it is already struggling to cope,’ said HSU NSW Secretary Gerard Hayes. 

‘The reality is now starting to bite in places like Goonellabah, Kingscliff, Byron Bay and Bangalow.

‘The Aged Care Royal Commission has exposed a stark reality: the aged care model in Australia is broken,’ he said.

‘Operators are being forced to continually reduce their labour costs by cutting staff and increasing their reliance on casual employment, outsourcing and labour hire.’

State Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said the region’s seniors deserved the best possible aged care and the protection of mandated, safe nurse to patient ratios.

‘If ratios were legislated this terrible situation would be unlikely to happen,’ she said.

Mr Hayes said industry research showed that 41 per cent of aged care facilities across the country have been operated at a loss. In outer regional and remote areas, 58 per cent of aged care facilities operated at a loss.

Secord critical

NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord has criticised the decision to slash staff at a Goonellabah nursing home, saying it was affect patient safety.

Mr Secord also slammed the federal government’s failure to properly fund aged care services – resulting in cuts to vital staff number.

‘Make no mistake, these cuts will affect patient care and safety,’ Mr Secord said.

‘The Nationals are failing to support the most vulnerable in our community – the frail and aged. We have a responsibility to protect and care for the aged in our community; they have done so much for us and the community’s responsibility to help protect them,’ Mr Secord said.

Feros Care

HSUs Mr Hayes also said that a leaked memo from Feros Care indicated that they were reducing hours to accommodate the reduction in ACFI (Aged Care Funding Instrument) funding. However, Feros Care has told Echonetdaily that this is not the case.

‘Feros Care has not reduced the number of people employed. In fact we have job advertisements published at present for staff in our residential villages,’ said Feros Care CEO Jennene Buckley.

‘Feros Care like all aged care services, adjusts rosters and hours to match changing care needs of clients, changes in occupancy and the number of people in care.

‘When we change rosters, we consult and communicate with staff.

‘We also have been working with staff to provide a revised “guaranteed minimum hours” to our staff that is higher than initial contracts.

‘This has resulted in strong job sustainability by increasing our permanent part-time workforce, rather than relying on casual staff.’

Ms Buckley said instances where there is a decrease in resident occupancy in some villages had resulted in minimal reductions in shift lengths, but vacant shifts were available at other villages should staff want to work additional hours.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Federal Government funding for Aged Care has
    always been left wanting by both major parties.
    The truth hurts. Our pollies only seem to get the
    blues around election time – the aged & staff
    cop it sweet. It’s sickening.

  2. Caroona is very under staffed and is getting worse which causes major stress & anxiety problems with staff. All three facility’s at Goonellabah are under staffed and we were all assured nobody would loose there jobs and no hours would be cut when the new model of care starts , but so untrue as the new model of care has started , now there will be job loses and hours cut. The majority of staff members will not speak publicly because of fearing loosing there jobs as we all need to earn something rather than nothing. This is not fake news it is reality the staff are definatley under staffed at every level.

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