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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21705

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

We the undersigned, concerned citizens of Australia, draw to the attention of the House the dire need to address current issues in Residential Aged Care resulting from insufficient funding and the lack of accountability for how that funding is distributed. Nurses fear that as a result of the above, they will not be able to continue to provide quality care to our frail aged in Aged Care facilities. Our senior citizens deserve to be cared for by appropriately qualified nurses.

Your petitioners therefore request the urgent attention of the House to review current funding arrangements to allow appropriate nursing hours that will ensure quality care to these residents, and will ensure parity of wages for nurses working in either the public or aged care sector.

by Mr Andren (from 902 citizens)