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(generated from captions) Hello and welcome to

Stateline. I'm Catherine Garrett and please excuse the croaky voice. Coming departure lounge at the ACT Assembly. Four members deliver their final words before taking flight. First, though, the on going saga of aged care. The ACT has the highest life expectancy in the country and a rapidly ageing demographic. Numbers of Numbers of new facilities are a new Federal Minister. Justine under construction and there's

Elliott has announced of nearly 300 Elliott has announced funding

for the ACT. But some in the industry are still saying not enough - and asking where will all the carers come from? I'd like the aged care Minister to take some time to look at

what's happening in aged care facilities. I mean visit aged care faefts and see what the care workers are having to do. We have residents who have multiple co mored by tis. They might have had tis. They might have had a

stroke and have disibts and

dementia. They should have a stroke, high blood could have TIA so stroke, high blood eshure. They

fit ing at could have TIA so they could be

staff have to be manage those situations. There staff have to be aware and are only three registered nurse on the pay roll at the

Villaggio Sant Antonio and this is - hostel and is no th is not an uncommon scenario. an uncommon scenario. Many are

little or no formal known as personal carers with

qualifications. Their duty span menial, medicinal medicinal care. And they're paid around $15 an hour. Our personal care worker s are not as much would be paid pulling a beer in a pub. They give some really good care to these high acuity resident. They have to do a lot

of physical hard work as well

for people with dementia is not as emotional hard work. Caring

easy. It's a calling personal carer Fawcett

lot of people would I fous like to come into aged care but they hear about to come into aged care but when walk away and then they say are walk away and then they say why are you doing that job for

little amount of money? I love my job. I don't come way from other side of just to not want to be here. Numbers of new are under construction in Numbers of new nursing homes

are under construction in the

ACT and due for completion next year. We don't get a wage soon, who is going to be

don't want to come to work for in the new facilities? People

nothing. You know, work experience people, they nothing. You know, when we had

also come and they say I'd like to work here - how much do you

- oh, that's it. get paid. Qu we get this amount

Clay has endured two strokes,

he is a resident at Villaggio and his wife, Elaine, a frequent visitor. She has nothing but praise for staff. I think that it's a difficult situation. But they almost always get the priorities right. If things are hard on a day, on a particular day, I've seen them get the priorities right. This is rather funny priorities absolutely

actually. The one dessert you think you've got! I don't know

what they're worth but

much is what they're actually something like four times as

worth. It's just dreadful. I would also like the have a look at the parity of would also like the Minister to

pay between people

the aged care sector and people working in other areas of health and that's not just in hospitals but on all areas of health where we are providing a total package to residents here. We provide them with personal care. We provide them with physio. We provide them with social work. We them with spiritual with social work. We provide

provide them with dietics, so them with spiritual care. We

we provide them with diversional therapy and occupational therapy. Our resident our resident. We don't have resident Dos all of that for

specialists who pop out. I would like the Minister to look at education for register and enrolled nurses. I

would like there to be a strong component of age ed care in that training. We insensitives to nurses to come back into aged insensitives to encourage

care, it's an incentive of $6,000 to nurses who have $6,000 to nurses who have been er than a year to come back out of the work force for long

into the nursing home and $1,000 to the nursing home itself. We have some vocational education and train ing places to ensure we have more personal care workers and proposals in

relation to scholarships to get

as well. Stateline more nurses into our work force

issues to as well. Stateline put these

Ageing, Justine Elliott, whilst

she delivered meals on Wheels in garrian. She wants to Government's spending on aged emphasise the Federal

care. This Government's investing record amounts when it comes to aged care. $40

billion over the next four years. And in fact $28.6

billion of that is specifically in relation to residential needs to be taken by the care. How much responsibility

- providers for passing provider force passing on that

money? Certainly arrangements

particular ly with employers

and employees in relation to looked at and I the staffing levels should be

comment that some Queensland provide verse enterprise agreements in which there have been marked increases in relation to the salaries nurses are getting. I would encourage workers to work closely with their employees. But in the entrenched in the meantime for many of those

job remains ground hog day entrenched in the system, the

its repeltive grind. From Can

you see yourself burning out? Definitely, yeah. I can. A lot of staff turnover. It is a lot of people go because lot of people go because the wages are too low and they can't live on the wage that we do get. The industry cannot sustain itself the way thing s are going at the moment. And I think that the age care Minister needs to look at Minister needs to look at that. I already hear of a number I already hear of a number of large groups who are pulling out of - sarm y - Salvation Army who - Salvation Army who are pulling out of aged care because it is not viable because it is not viable for them to manage that anymore. I really makes me worry if places as big as the Salvation Army are pulling out of age ed care as happen for the elderly in happen for the elderly in the future. I certain ly would encourage those in the aged care industry to continue in it in the sense that we need to be providing right across the board a whole series of different mesh nurse

providing good care to our older Australians. I've travelled right throughout Australia and Australia and attended many nursing homes and without a doubt many of those are world-class faefts. I work very closely with many in the

industry to make sure that it remains viable for the future. What would you say to the Aged Care Minister things don't change? I hope she doesn't end up in an age ed care facility because things have to change. Things have got to change. For to change. For increasing

numbers of adults with ageing parents, the question of the

next step for mum or dad is THE big one of their generation. The corns are still there. And still hurting. Mum needs to be at home. If

went to aursing home, I think that would be literally the end of her. Helene Jermolajew is

committed to caring for her mother in her Charnwood home. It is another full-time job on

top of her paid work as Tamara Jermolajew has many health issues. How long do you think you and your mum can keep going like this? Until such time as

she may need 24-hour care. At

the moment she's OK being at

home. And I can still go out and not worry about her because she can still get around

enough. But if she needs 24-hour care bedridden, then there's a totally different decision to be made. Help me not only be made. Help me not only with

the leg but with my pain in the back. It does worry me get to the point where she is going to need to go. I know there's some wonderful care out there, but I think I would be even more worried having her care than I am now having her at home because I know that after work I come here and I'm here. Otherwise I would be thinking what are they doing

with her? Is she being looked

after properly? Is she getting everything she needs? I would be a lot more worry. It could be your mother or father that ewe have to look after and we are the next generation going up and who is