The Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) has called for the introduction of legislated nurse numbers in aged care facilities.
QNMU Secretary Beth Mohle said the push for legislated nurse numbers in aged care was part of an ongoing campaign to continue to improve safety and quality of care for elderly and other Queenslanders.
The QNMU and the Australia Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) are campaigning for improved standards in all Australian aged care facilities.
Ms Mohle said initiatives outlined in the Ratios Save Lives Phase 2 campaign were guided in part by the Palaszczuk Government's decision to introduce nurse to patient ratios in Queensland public hospitals. The campaign document was approved by the QNMU Council on Friday 20 October.
She said in 2016, the Palaszczuk Government became just the fourth government in the world to make nurse to patient ratios law in public hospitals. Nurses in New York and the United Kingdom continue to campaign for similar laws to better protect their patients.
The initiative, which outlines how many patients can safely be allocated to a single Registered Nurse (RN), is being rolled out and researched in Queensland hospitals. The ongoing findings of the long-term research are being used to guide the second phase of the campaign and continued implementation of the initiative.
"The Palaszczuk Government's world-leading decision to introduce nurse ratios in public hospitals will save Queensland lives,'' Ms Mohle said.
"This is a long-term, ongoing initiative overseen by international and local researchers whose findings will help guide the Queensland roll out of nurse to patient ratios and phase two of the campaign.''
The QNMU would like to see ratios extended in the public sector and introduced in aged care facilities and private hospitals.
Ms Mohle said the QNMU would work with all interested parties to further the initiative and provide increased quality of care and outcomes for Queensland patients and aged care residents.