Disability Services staff walk off the job.
The social trainers, who work in the group homes, want the Barnett Government to address their concerns including training of the new providers staff and ensuring sufficient time is taken for the hand over.
The Barnett Government is pushing ahead with the privatisation of the group homes and not giving residents living in these homes, or these families, the choice to stay with the government-run service.
“Given they have no choice but to go to these private companies it is important that the government does not rush the transition process and cut corners on all the safeguards,” CPSU/CSA branch secretary Toni Walkington said.
“Our members, who are experienced social trainers, believe the government is putting pressure on the private companies to take over these group homes as soon as possible and that the residents will not get the level of care they are used to from the government service.
“It is important that the new staff in these privatised facilities become familiar with the people they will be caring for and the routines in the home and that final sign off should not be done until all these requirements are met.”
Ms Walkington said the new staff also needed to become aware of the complex needs of the residents, something that can’t always be learnt in a short time-frame.
She said the government had a duty of care to ensure minimal standards were in place and the residents were protected.
“Our members in the public system are the best qualified to look after the group home residents and have always set the benchmark for quality.
“They have formed long-lasting relationships with residents who have very complex needs.”
“People employed by non-government organisations in the disability sector don’t have access to the same resources as those working for the Disability Services Commission and there can be major differences in the quality of the services provided as a result.”
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