The ongoing debate over setting minimal staffing ratios has taken a new and positive turn. I support the notion, that there should be a review of staffing in aged care, however to do that properly we also need to move away from the current ACFI assessment based model of funding that is unproductive and not cost effective. Introducing minimal staffing levels will be just that… minimal and any legislation around it will give poor providers some where else to hide. Staffing ratios must be linked to skill levels and must be flexible to change with the changing needs of the residents. In the link below, Rebekha Sharkie ( Central Alliance candidate for Mayo) sets out a balanced and well considered alternative through legislation that will require operators to publish all rostered hours for their resident population. This will provide a far more accurate assessment of the actual care and resources provided to residents.
As Managing Director of Aged Care Management Australia (ACMA), Peter has guided the growth of the business from it’s inception in 2006. Now as one of the sectors leading independent advisory services, ACMA continues to grow. We have recently moved into a new head office , sharing with our financial partners Henson Lloyd in Adelaide. We maintain a strong commitment to WA with our National Operations Manager, Quality and IT services based in Fremantle. We have introduced a new education and training portfolio that is already proving very popular with clients. Our clinical and advisory programs have been geared to meet the challenges of the new era in aged care.
Principal Consultant Peter Vincent acts as independent advisor to National Seniors Chief Advocate, Centre Alliance Senators and aged care providers nationally and is an active advisor with the Commonwealth Government’s national Rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Service Development Panel (SDAP). Peter has extensive experience working with Indigenous health and aged care services in remote and very remote regions in both residential and community services.