Federal Authorities to meet with Gold Coast aged care residents

ELDERLY residents forced out of their aged care home say they’re hoping to get some answers when they meet with the Federal Government this morning.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the abandoned high-care wing at the Earl Haven Retirement Village in Nerang at 11.00am.

It’s the first time the Federal Health Department will come face to face with the 70 elderly residents and their families since the sudden closure last Thursday.


An ongoing payment dispute between contractor Help Street and the Retirement Village’s owners People Care is behind the crisis, which saw the residents evacuated to other nursing homes and to local hospitals after staff walked out.

They’re hopeful today’s meeting will reassure them about their future.

In the wake of the crisis, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has since announced staffing reforms for state-owned nursing homes.

“Revelations at the Royal Commission into Aged Care and recent events at the Earle Haven retirement village on the Gold Coast have demonstrated how important it is for residents and their families to have comfort and confidence in the care they receive,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Friday.

“We brought in mandated nurse to patient ratios for Qld hospitals. Now our 16 state-owned aged care facilities will all publish their ratios of nurses to residents by the end of this year. It should bring confidence & comfort to aged care residents & their families.”