Minda Nursing Home

A recent inspection by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) has identified a number of critical care aspects within the Minda Nursing Home at Brighton, that are being addressed as a priority.

It is Minda’s commitment to ensure compliant care standards and provide the very best standard of care to residents.

Minda’s residential aged care facility is a Commonwealth-funded nursing home that provides high care support, primarily to people with intellectual disability. Access to the 54-bed facility is consistently in high demand, and the 6-wing facility offers a range of accommodation styles.

The inspection, which occurred in late December, found that residents were not being provided care to the appropriate Accreditation Standards. In response, the Department of Health has imposed a number of sanctions on Minda to make improvements.

For more than 120 years Minda has supported some of the most vulnerable in the community, so having formal sanctions imposed because of shortcomings in the way it cares for people in the aged care facility is disheartening.

The focus is now on building a positive future for the people who call the facility home. The Board, Executive of Minda and Minda Nursing Home senior management are working on a number of initiatives that will create positive change and improve care standards for residents.

Minda has appointed an external administrator and adviser who is a highly experienced and respected consultant, specialising in residential aged care to ensure compliance with governance, operational requirements and service delivery. Alongside that appointment, management has been supplemented with a new clinical and administrative resource to drive culture change and improved service.

Minda is also bolstering efforts by rolling out a comprehensive training program to relevant staff, as well committing to a $300,000 investment to upgrade the facility.

With continuous improvement plans in place, Minda is committed to rectifying all non-compliance issues as a priority and to ensuring an environment that is safe and provides ‘best practice’ long-term care to people with complex medical needs.