Aged care

The Guardian • Aged care

Issue #1998

“RATIOS NOW!” – Rally report Melbourne

On Tuesday, 1st March, over 100 workers, unionists, and community members gathered at the front of Gladys Liu’s office in Burwood, Victoria. Their mission was...

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Issue #2005

New initiatives to address national care crisis a massive win for women workers

The union for aged care workers, early childhood educators and disability support workers has welcomed today’s announcement that an Albanese Labor government would deliver ground-breaking...

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Issue #1953

The Aged Scare industry: how privatisation leads to suffering and death

Horrifying stories of neglect, abuse and poor treatment of elderly people in Aged Care facilities and homes across Australia have been exposed

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Issue #1985

ANMF warns that new trade deal will hurt the aged care system

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), representing over 310,000 nurses, midwives and care staff across the country, is calling on the Federal Government to defer progressing the largest trade deal in history, amid growing concerns that it will negatively impact the aged care system.

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Issue #1978

Aged care workers expose industry’s dirty secrets

After years of Federal Government inaction on aged care, aged care workers are speaking out to expose the daily understaffing and safety risks facing older Australians across the country.

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Issue #2010

Striking aged care workers take on Southern Cross Care SA

Striking aged care workers are taking their fight direct to Southern Cross Care headquarters in inner suburban Adelaide today, the latest in a series of...

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Half the Sky column logo Issue #2070


Will Labor’s bill help working women? E Lennon Workplace relations minister, Tony Burke, has tabled a bill aimed at tackling several issues faced by workers...

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Issue #1987

Australia’s growing negligence of the elderly

The NSW ADC has released a new report showing that rates of elder abuse and neglect have been rising during the lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Issue #2001

Aged care workers yet to receive their bonus payment

A survey of 1000 aged care workers conducted by the United Workers’ Union (UWU) has revealed that ninety-seven per cent of aged care workers are...

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Issue #2006

CPA at protests around the country

The CPA fighting for aged care workers in Perth. Around 500 workers rallied at the Perth Cultural Centre demanding respect for aged care workers and...

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Issue #2058

Aged Care Crisis: background

Privatisation is one of the major causes of the present aged care crisis (see Guardian #2057 “Not for profit!”) and the accompanying lack of accountability...

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Issue #2021

Profiteering & neglect: the aged care crisis

The aged care sector is in crisis. The failings are systemic and require fundamental structural changes. Aged care has been commodified by corporate and church...

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Issue #2016

Fund public health

Hospitals and their staff are at breaking point as the wave of BA.4/BA.5 COVID-19 sub-strains and flu send hospitalisations to breaking point. GPs across Australia...

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Issue #2049

Aged care employers fail older Australians

The country’s largest union and professional nursing organisation, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says that aged care employers are in the way of...

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Issue #1995

ADF deployed to band-aid aged care crisis

Staff shortages across the aged care sector continue to sink the industry into a deepening crisis. The Australian Government has announced that 1700 Australian Defence...

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Issue #2009

Feet on the ground

After nine years of corrupt, anti-people, climate deniers in office, the newly elected Albanese Labor government faces many challenges. Expectations of real change are high,...

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Issue #2022

The aged care crisis

How does a non-profit charitable organisation that is sixty-nine per cent funded by government, and claims to operate at a loss, find $1.4 billion to...

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Issue #2045

Attack on aged care workers’ pay

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF ) (Victorian Branch) has lodged bargaining disputes in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) against eight private aged care...

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Issue #2043

Employers threaten to withhold aged care wages

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has raised concerns that some aged care providers are trying to short-change underpaid nurses...

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Aged care Issue #2092


The ageing population is portrayed as a burden on the budget and taxpayers because the priorities of the Labor government are pedigree neoliberal: user pays...

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Issue #2086

Humanity outsourced

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC) is responsible for auditing residential aged care facilities to ensure they are meeting mandated health and safety...

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Broken piggy bank Issue #2100

More for war in a class budget

“In a cost-of-living crisis, the Labor government is choosing to remove $14.4 billion in funding from the NDIS that will lead to disabled people not...

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The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) held a rally in 2018 to demand making nursing ratios law. Issue #2057


The aged care system is in crisis. Successive governments have seen old people as a “problem” that costs ever-increasing amounts of money. Once someone is...

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