Australia live news updates: NSW records 52 Covid deaths and Victoria 20 as states monitor ‘son of Omicron’ strain
- How is Australia’s Covid vaccine booster rollout going and is it fast enough for groups that need it most?
- NSW unveils $1bn support package for businesses hit by Omicron
- The numbers every government should use to fight anti-vaccine misinformation
- Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing
Albanese says Labor will boost aged-care funding, but cannot specify by how much.
There has been a boost.
Two things they haven’t done: One is to tie that funding of actual delivery of better healthcare for aged-care residents in terms of some of the regulatory measures required that were recommended by the royal commission, but the big missing piece in this workforce, we still don’t have a commitment to have a nurse in a nursing home.
We still don’t have a commitment to increase in the number of other care workers in aged care, and we still don’t have a commitment to increases in wages and conditions so that aged-care facilities are able to attract the staff.
Quite clearly there will be a need for increased health funding, but there is a need also to look at the particular areas of funding.
GPs, for example. One of the reasons there is so much pressure on the hospitals is we have GP shortages in terms of training, we have GP shortages in terms of some of the changes that they’ve made to the Medicare schedule that have had an impact in our regions.