Dedicated cleaners needed after infection at group home

The Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association has called for the reinstatement of dedicated cleaners at all Disability Service Commission group homes, after a resident developed a serious infection at one of the facilities.

Cleaning contractors at the government-run homes are being wound up with the Commission putting more pressure on the social trainers to conduct regular cleaning.

The social trainers help group home residents (who have complex and demanding needs) to develop basic life skills that most people take for granted.

A female resident, with high-support needs, was hospitalised in late October after developing a serious infection at the south-east metropolitan home.

Dedicated cleaning to the home was scrapped in July.

CPSU/CSA branch secretary Toni Walkington said the home used to have cleaning support from Monday to Friday, for about six hours per day.

“That has been scrapped and now social trainers, who are busy working with the residents, are expected to take on cleaning duties as well, putting them under a lot of pressure,” Ms Walkington said.

“This will compromise the level of attention and care the social trainers will give to the group home residents as their focus will be distracted by cleaning duties.

“As they are under pressure they will not be able to clean the properties to the high standard required.”

Last week DSC contracted a specialist cleaner to thoroughly clean the property after the infection was reported.

Ms Walkington said that was a one-off arrangement that highlights the need for DSC to reinstate domestic cleaners to affected properties.

The union is currently petitioning Premier Colin Barnett and his Disability Services Minister Helen Morton to reinstate domestic cleaners at DSC group homes.




Toni Walkington
CPSU/CSA Branch Secretary
(08)  9323 3800

Darren O’Dea
CPSU/CSA Media Liaison Officer
M: 0421  934 794
P:   (08) 9323 3855
E:   [email protected]


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