Thanks to the QNMU, legislated minimum nurse-to-patient ratios were implemented in July 2016 in Queensland Health prescribed facilities. Since then, there have been:

 

 
But mandated ratios don’t exist in areas like maternity, emergency departments, private hospitals and private aged care facilities.
 
No matter where you live, every patient and resident in Queensland deserves safe, high quality nursing and midwifery care.
 
That’s why we need minimum nurse/midwife-to-patient ratios everywhere – to ensure there are enough nurses, midwives and carers to provide the care all Queenslanders deserve.

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Nurses and midwives are up for the challenge

 
We've officially launched the next phase of our Ratios Save Lives and Money campaign - Strengthening and Expanding the Care Guarantee.

Our key asks include:
 
  • Further refine and expand legislated minimum ratios in the public sector
  • Further improve application and compliance with the Business Planning Framework (BPF) in the public sector 
  • Mandate minimum ratios in the private and private aged care sector
  • Refine and expand legislated public reporting of safety and quality performance to include indicators specific to nursing and midwifery in public, private and aged care sectors, and
  • Mandate minimum positive practice environment standards in public, private and aged care sectors.
 

Positive Practice Environment Standards for Nursing and Midwifery 

 
We know current legislated ratios in Queensland Health facilities have worked best in areas where a positive practice environment exists.
 
As part of the next phase of the QNMU’s Ratios Save Lives and Money campaign, nurses and midwives are seeking to mandate minimum positive practice environment standards across all nursing and midwifery services.

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