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Aged care home in staff shortage amid COVID-
An aged care home in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs was urgently
seeking staff over the holidays as 22 residents test positive for COVID-19
and paramedics are called in to work at the facility.
It comes on Christmas day as SA Health reports constantly increaasing
number of new COVID-19 cases. Twelve of those affected, were in
hospital — four of whom were in intensive care.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation SA Branch posted a job
advertisement for Bene Italian Village in St Agnes, saying the COVID-19
outbreak had forced many of the facility’s workers into isolation.
According to the ABC, “the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
has received an urgent appeal from Bene Aged Care … who are in dire
need of staff due to a COVID-19 outbreak,” the advertisement read.
“They are in desperate need of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and
care workers to cover shifts over this holiday period.”
The facility will pay all workers 25 per cent above their enterprise bargain
rates, after securing assistance from the Department for Health and
Nursing staff who are interested in helping have been asked to urgently
The call-out came 10 days after SA Health confirmed two healthcare
workers who tested positive to COVID-19 had visited at least 22 aged care
facilities across Adelaide’s suburbs.
It is not clear if Bene Italian Village was one of those sites.
Meanwhile, the state’s Ambulance Employee Association (AEA) said
paramedics were called to fill in for staff at the facility on Christmas Eve,
and have been asked to help again on Christmas night.
AEA SA industrial officer Josh Karpowicz said the “urgent plea for
assistance was completely unprecedented. There’s never before been a
time where paramedics have been requested to assist with nursing
duties,” Mr Karpowicz said.
Adelaide, South Australia