Aged Care Updates – 1 May 2019

1 May 2019

Ratios in Aged Care Update:

Aged Care Campaign Update

With just over 2 weeks until the 2019 federal election, we are pleased to announce that the following sitting members of Parliament and candidates have now pledged their support for the ANMF Ratios in Aged Care campaign:

  • Ross Hart (ALP) – Sitting Member for Bass
  • Jacqui Lambie (Jacqui Lambie Network) – Senate Candidate
  • Nick McKim (Greens) – Senator
  • Brian Mitchell (ALP) – Sitting member for Lyons
  • Lisa Singh (ALP) – Senator
  • Peter Whish-Wilson – Senator
  • Andrew Wilkie (Independent) – Sitting member for Clark (previously Denison)

You can stay up to date with which politicians locally and nationally have pledged their support to the campaign quickly and easily by clicking here.

ANMF organisers and workplace representatives have been out in the community promoting the campaign at market stalls and shopping centres as well as through door knocking and letterbox drops.  If you wish to be involved in any of the activities coming up over the next few weeks please contact our Member Communications and Engagement Officer Mandy Clark at mandy.clark@anmftas.org.au.

If you would like to join the Hobart May Day March and street party this Sunday 5 May, we will be there with our ratios banners to represent aged care workers. Interested in joining in? We have FREE t-shirt’s on the day for those who want to stand with us!

Email us at marketing@anmftas.org.au ANMF Tasmania by 3pm Friday with your size and contact details to be eligible.

Royal Commission Update

During May the Royal Commission will begin hearings in Sydney focused on dementia care. The hearings will take place from Monday 6 May to Wednesday 8 May and from Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May 2019.  The federal office of the ANMF will be making submissions on behalf of all aged care members nationally, based on the experiences members have shared with us along with the extensive material gathered over many years of campaigning in the aged care sector.

If you or someone you know wishes to make a submission to the Royal Commission you can do so using the online form that has been made available on the Commission’s website.  You can also make submissions by phone, letter or email and submissions can also be made anonymously or confidentially.

All relevant information is available on the Royal Commission website here

North:

Masonic Care Tasmania (MCT) Fred French
On Wednesday 24 April, ANMF met with Masonic Care Tasmania (MCT) Fred French management to discuss the ongoing workload concerns matters raised from the members meeting on 11 April 2019. Regarding workload concerns MCT have offered no concrete solutions. ANMF will now work with members to develop a workload/short staffed form to help collect data to validate workload concerns. Further details of the meeting with management will be provided with a newsflash update shortly.

North West:

OneCare Umina Park
The ANMF have written to the Facility Manager to request a meeting to resolve issues raised at a member meeting on 21 March and followed up with a telephone call. To date there has been no response. ANMF will continue to follow up until the matters are addressed. If necessary, ANMF will escalate the concerns to a more senior manager in OneCare.

ANMF has provided written feedback about a proposed restructure of clinical services at Umina Park and followed up with a telephone call. To date there has been no response. ANMF will continue to follow up until the feedback is acknowledged. If necessary ANMF will escalate the concerns to a more senior manager in OneCare.