Queensland nurses and midwives say - It's not about you 

Published: 23 August 2018 

QUEENSLAND nurses and midwives have called on federal politicians to end infighting and focus on issues that matter.

Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) Secretary Beth Mohle said the ongoing leadership debate was stopping politicians from focusing on issues of importance – such as understaffing in aged care and the lives of hundreds of thousands of elderly Australian voters.

Ms Mohle said while Member for Dixon Peter Dutton, Member for Cook Scott Morrison and Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull wrestled for control, elderly Australians in their electorates, and elsewhere, were likely experiencing unnecessary pain, suffering and premature death.

“While federal politicians continue to vie for control, elderly Australians are suffering and, in some cases dying prematurely, due to chronic understaffing in Australian aged care,’’ Ms Mohle said.

“In Australia, there are zero federal laws that state even a single Registered Nurse must be on site at an aged care facility at any time.

“As a result, many elderly Australians are not receiving the care they need and deserve. In fact, it is very clear aged care facilities throughout Australia are chronically understaffed.

“More than 260,000 Queensland and Australian nurses and midwives have thrown their support behind the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) Ratios for Aged Care – Make Them Law Now campaign.

“Today we ask our politicians to realise this is not about them and to please consider the lives of those they are supposed to represent.’’

Ms Mohle encouraged Queenslanders to use and circulate #itsnotaboutyou

Social media has played an important role in the ANMF and QNMU’s ongoing campaign to see federal laws put in place to make safe staff levels law in Australia’s 4000-plus privately-run aged care facilities.

Queensland and Australian nurses and midwives joined forces in May to officially launch the campaign which will continue until federal politicians recognise and address the issues impacting elderly Australians and those who care for them.

Those interested in joining the campaign can visit www.MoreStaffForAgedCare.com.au 

Media contact: Lou Robson - 0422 550 278