Major reform in 2023 – 24/7 Registered Nurse

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Written By Carerz

January 19, 2023

The aged care industry in Australia is set to undergo major reform in the next five years. In 2023, a raft of changes are planned to take effect which will significantly benefit elderly Australians and their families. These reforms will span legislation, staffing, funding and services available to those accessing aged care throughout the country.

From 1 July 2023, providers will have to ensure that “at least one registered nurse is on site, and on duty, at all times at the residential facility.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommended at least one registered nurse (RN) be present at all time at every residential aged care service. See Recommendation 86 of the final report for the full details.

Why it is important

The 24/7 RN requirement reduces the risk of resident harm by ensuring qualified and experienced care staff are always available to identify and address potential risks.

The requirement also gives residents better access to care in services, and:

  • allows RNs to manage some issues as first responders
  • improves resident safety
  • prevents unnecessary trips to hospital emergency rooms.

For detailed information, see the Care Minutes and 24/7 Nursing Requirements Guide.

Please visit dept of Health for further information

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