24/7 registered nurses in aged care homes

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All aged care homes must have a registered nurse on-site at all times – that means 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

The Australian Government is working with aged care providers to help recruit and train more registered nurses to meet this new responsibility. Registered nurses help reduce risks of harm through early intervention. They can provide medical treatment and help avoid unnecessary trips to hospital emergency rooms.

To learn more about this change and what it means if an aged care home doesn’t have a registered nurse available 24/7, we encourage you to read our 24/7 registered nurses in aged care homes fact sheet.

Let's change aged care, together

Every Australian should feel confident about accessing high quality and safe aged care, when and where they need it.

The changes mean older Australians will have greater choice and control, services that respect and meet their needs, and support to stay independent as they age.

To find out more and help design the changes, visit the Get Involved page or call 1800 318 209.

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