OneCare Umina Park in Burnie is an integral part of the north west community and home to hundreds of elderly and vulnerable residents, but staff have said enough is enough after many months of short staffing, unmanageable workloads and the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the Aged Care Royal Commission’s final report due soon, and the threat of a return of COVID-19 to Tasmania with re-opened borders, HACSU members at Umina Park have decided now is the time for real change and have resolved – in an unprecedented step – to take their concerns to the community.
Staff have begun letterboxing the Burnie community to let them know what’s happening behind the doors of the town’s only aged care facility and they're also taking their concerns to local businesses to ask for their support for the campaign.
“As Tasmania’s biggest aged care facility this is short-staffing on steroids and despite trying to work with management to bring about positive change OneCare have failed to address the problem so, with residents starting to be impacted by the chronic understaffing, staff now feel they have no option but to try and win community support for their calls for more staff,” said HACSU's Robbie Moore.
Staff and community supporters will be taking a stand at Umina Park, 22 Mooreville Rd Burnie at 9am on Tuesday 20 October 2020.