Nurses, personal carers and workers in the aged-care industry have detailed poor conditions, maltreatment and understaffing in aged-care centres. Speaking to the ABC’s Four Corners, nurse Katriona Legzdins recounted an incident where an aged- care home resident had “a chronic skin ulcer on his head that hadn't been dressed and was found to have maggots in it because it had been left exposed”. Personal care assistant Tanya Bosch said that budgetary and resources restraints meant carers “could only use three continence pads for any resident on any day”, while aged care consultant Tony Northcote said nurses on skeleton shifts were often “in charge of 100, 120, 150 people”. Four Corners will air the investigation’s second instalment next week.
A pregnant Aboriginal woman who died in a New South Wales hospital received insufficient care and could have been treated with a simple course of antibiotics, a coroner’s investigation has heard. Wiradjuri woman Naomi Williams, 27, died of septicaemia in January 2016 after presenting to hospital 18 times in six months. Doctors and healthcare workers repeatedly referred her to drug and alcohol services, and sent her home with two paracetamol tablets and an iceblock 14 hours before she died. Naomi’s mother Sharon will give evidence before the inquiry on Friday.
Liberal MP Ann Sudmalis has announced she would not contest the next election due to “NSW Liberal Party bullying, intimidation, leaking and undermining”. Speaking in parliament on Monday, Sudmalis said NSW Liberal state MP Gareth Ward, who she described as “the local self-determined senior Liberal … doesn't just get even, he annihilates anyone who opposes him”. Ward led an internal party campaign to unseat Sudmalis during the seat’s preselection process, only relenting when then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull intervened on Sudmalis’ behalf. Speaking on ABC Radio’s AM, Ward said “if there was any evidence to support the claim that Ms Sudmalis made, I'd challenge her to make them outside of parliament where she's not protected by parliamentary privilege”. Sudmalis held the NSW south coast seat of Gilmore by a 0.7 per cent margin at the 2016 federal election.
Prime minister Scott Morrison responded to Sudmalis’ resignation by requesting the federal Liberal Party executive establish a formal complaints handling process. In a statement, Morrison said the party needed “to ensure there is a rigorous and confidential process to deal with concerns and complaints from party members, including members of parliament”. Several female Liberal MPs wore red in parliament on Monday in an informal protest at the party’s response to complaints of gendered bullying and intimidation.