QLD passes Health Transparency Bill to ‘name and shame’ aged care providers who don’t disclose staffing ratios, including 3.65 hours per day for Govt facilities

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The Bill, passed last Thursday, will require the state’s For Profit and Not For Profit providers to report their average daily resident care hours on a quarterly basis and while they can choose not to supply this information, their decision to opt-out will be highlighted (shamed) on a new website.

“This site will enable elderly residents and their families to make informed decisions when choosing an aged care service. They’ll know how many staff and what skills mix they have to take care of their elderly residents,” Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles (pictured) said.

Queensland Health will now consult with health care and aged care providers and develop the website over the next twelve months.

Raising the bar, the Government is committing its 16 aged care facilities will also have a minimum nurse skill mix of 50% and for 30% of the total care staff to be registered nurses and provide a minimum average of 3.65 hours of nursing and personal care to residents every day.