Ratios Save Lives 

For every patient added to a nurse’s workload, 7% more patients die.

Scary, huh?

And that’s not all. When nurses are overworked, the possibility of medical complication increases, the risk of infection rises, and a patient’s recovery time gets longer.

Ask the question: How many nurses are on duty?



Our campaign to ensure the delivery of high quality nursing and midwifery across all sectors…

Queensland is one of four jurisdictions in the world to have minimum nurse-to-patient ratios.

We campaigned hard and provided the evidence, and on 12 May 2016, the Palaszczuk government enshrined minimum ratios in law for prescribed Queensland Health acute facilities.

Minimum ratios make our hospitals safer, and they assist our nurses to provide quality care through manageable workloads.

But for every private hospital and aged care facility in Queensland, there are no laws limiting the number of patients allocated to a single nurse or midwife.

This means we have a situation where nurses in some aged care facilities are caring for up to 200 residents. And in private hospitals, nurses and midwives are having to skip their meal breaks because they are so understaffed.

No matter where you’re being cared for, we believe everyone deserves quality care.

What are we asking?

On 24 October, 2017, we officially launched the second stage of our Ratios Save Lives campaign. Our asks include:

  • refine and expand the legislated minimum ratios in the public sector
  • legislate minimum ratios in the private and aged care sectors
  • legislate for at least one Registered Nurse to be present at all times, on all shifts, in all Queensland residential aged care facilities
  • improve application and compliance with the BPF (Business Planning Framework - a nursing and midwifery workload management tool) in the public sector
  • legislate public reporting of safety and quality performance indicators in all sectors.  

Click here to read our full claims document. 

Nurses tell it like it is 

Ratios for aged care – make them law now!

The QNMU is also part of a national campaign to introduce legislated ratios in Australia’s aged care facilities. We’ve had some success in Queensland, with the state government committing to introduce legislated ratios in Queensland’s public aged care facilities, and numerous federal MPs pledging their support to our campaign.

Find out more and sign up to the campaign at www.qnmu.org.au/RatiosForAgedCare