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Australia’s aged care homes ‘fail US rating system for staffing’


Wollongong report calls for extra investment to take staffing levels to an acceptable standard

More than half of Australia’s aged care residents are in homes with staffing levels that would be ranked as “unacceptable” by United States regulators, a study by the University of Wollongong has found.

It says that US health services for aged care use a five-star rating system, based on the amount of personal care time needed for each resident and adjusted for differences so that homes can be compared.

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