Wednesday 26th August 2009
Because we care
During August, the NSWNA visited aged care facilities across NSW to spread the word about the Because we care campaign.
NSWNA officials arrived at the facilities in the new Because we care van and over refreshments invited nurses to sign the Charter for Quality Aged Care and send postcards to their Federal MPs asking for increased funding for aged care.
After visiting members at Albury Nursing Home, NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes said it was a great opportunity to meet members at work and recruit new members to the Association.
‘Many members said that after hearing about the Because we care campaign, and seeing the NSWNA ad about aged care on TV, they felt proud to be an aged care nurse and a member of the NSWNA. The ANF campaign and NSWNA ad made them feel valued and recognised as aged care nurses.
‘Many aged care nurses who were not members also joined the Association during our workplace visits,’ said Brett.
Another of the facilities visited was the Easton Park facility of the Whiddon Group in Glenfield, where the latest NSWNA ad was filmed.
Over popcorn and drinks, the aged care ad was screened, to the delight of nurses and residents.
NSWNA officials also explained the details of the new workplace agreement at the Whiddon Group, and answered nurses’ questions about the agreement.
Aged care on the agenda at ALP conference
ANF Secretary Ged Kearney was determined to put the spotlight on aged care at the ALP National Conference in July.
Ged congratulated the Government on the health reform process and got up a resolution to have aged care part of the health policy chapter of discussions, rather than the previous category of social inclusion.
‘For too long, aged care has been seen as part of community services. It is a significant achievement to get aged care included in the health chapter,’ said Ged.
‘Community inclusion is important, especially for services that help older people stay at home, but the category doesn’t fit residential care where we have residents with high care needs, who are often coming to care straight from hospital.
‘Having aged care part of health policy discussions will help delegates think about aged care in terms of health care, delivered by skilled and qualified nurses.
‘It’s an achievement that will see aged care part of health policy discussions at future ALP Conferences,’ said Ged.