Changes to the residential aged care funding model took place on October 1, and with this, residents are getting more time with nurses and personal care workers, however a survey from Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) has found that allied health professionals working in nursing homes are experiencing reduced hours since funding model changes. As a result, one in eight allied health professionals have lost their jobs and further 30 per cent are planning to leave the residential aged care sector.
AHPA CEO Bronwyn Morris-Donovan states that we’re seeing serious impacts as a result of the government not setting allied health benchmarks such as minimum allied health minutes or targeted funding.
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