Ask your MP to deliver for aged care in Budget 2010

The Federal Government needs to guarantee that taxpayer funding for aged care is used for resident nursing care and for minimum staffing levels.

The ANF has launched a national postcard campaign so you can send a message to your Federal MP and Senator asking them to deliver for aged care in the 2010 Budget. The postcards bear the message ‘Time to deliver for aged care in Budget 2010’.

Enclosed in this issue of The Lamp is a postcard for you to send to your Federal MP and Senator. See the table opposite for details on how to find out the name and contact details of your MP.

Our aim is to have over 100,000 postcards – signed by the community and aged care workers – sent directly to Federal MPs and Senators telling them it is time to deliver for aged care in Budget 2010.

‘A major concern for aged care nurses is the wage disparity with nurses in other sectors,’ said NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda. ‘Aged care nurses on average get paid $300 a week less than their colleagues in other sectors, even though they have equivalent qualifications and skills.

‘That’s why we are putting pressure on politicians to deliver with greater funding in the 2010 Federal budget.

‘The Because we care campaign aims to put aged care and the funding of the sector high on the public agenda. It will no doubt be raised as a real issue at the next Federal election.’n