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Wednesday, 10 March 2004
Page: 21300

Senator Forshaw to move on the next day of sitting:

That the following matters be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 31 August 2004:

(a) the adequacy of staffing levels in residential aged care facilities;

(b) the impact of staffing levels on the care and safety of residents in residential aged care facilities;

(c) the adequacy of qualification levels and ongoing training of staff in the aged care system, both residential and community care;

(d) the effectiveness of the current regulatory framework in ensuring adequate staffing levels and proper standards of care in the aged care industry both residential and community care;

(e) the performance and effectiveness of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency in assessing and monitoring care, health and safety and staffing levels in aged care facilities;

(f) the performance of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency in identifying best practice and providing information, education and training to aged care facilities;

(g) the impact on public hospitals of the shortage of nursing home beds; and

(h) the appropriateness of accommodating young people with disabilities in aged care facilities and the effect this has on young people with disabilities and on the availability of aged care beds for elderly Australians.