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These were the owners of a nursing home in NSW which had problems in 2001 and again in 2002

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Trans Dominion Holdings and Farad Nominees
Sir Thomas Mitchell Nursing Home  


Transdominion was a major construction company which was the licensed owner of Sir Thomas Mitchell Nursing Home in NSW in 2001 when it was found to be sadly wanting. If you compare the different patterns of thinking required to be a successful developer and a successful carer for the elderly this is hardly surprising. This is a system gone mad but the press don't see it! Perhaps the company realised this. Eighteen months later it was owned by Farrad Nominees but still in trouble.

Jun 1997 a prominent developer

- - - on a tender list that included virtually all of Sydney's prominent residential developers. Among them were - - - - , Trans Dominion Holdings, - - - .
Prime Units For Bondi Junction Australian Financial Review June 13, 1997

Apr 2001 Many problems

A Sydney nursing home has had its government accreditation cut back after a surprise inspection found a range of problems in the home including a chronic lack of staff.
Among the 12 ``outcomes'' of 44 assessed to be ``unacceptable'' by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency, the home was found to have unacceptable human resource management, information systems, clinical care, medication and pain management, skin care and continence management.

The home's living environment, catering, cleaning and laundry services were regarded as unacceptable.

The inspection team also found two separate sets of minutes of a meeting with residents and carers and that the minutes distributed after the meeting did not contain a number of complaints recorded in the second set of minutes.
The home run by Trans Dominion Holdings Pty Ltd has had its period of accreditation cut from three years to one year and three months, to February 10, 2002.

The audit found a ``lack of a full complement of nursing staff has had an adverse impact upon such areas as care delivery'' and that ``assessments to identify and monitor residents' care needs have not been completed''. The audit report says staff, residents and relatives reported that there was ``always a shortage of staff''.

Minutes of a meeting with night staff noted that ``if sick leave cannot be replaced the director of nursing does not expect the staff to complete duties that a full complement of staff would''.

Complaints about the size of meals were recorded in minutes of residents and carers meetings, with some residents saying the size of the meals had decreased over recent months.
Nursing Home's Accreditation Cut After Spot Check Sydney Morning Herald April 20, 2001

Farad Nominees

In December 2002 the Sir Thomas Mitchell home had to appoint a nurse adviser or lose its licence. This was because it "did not comply with all its responsibilities in relation to Accreditation Standards" It was now owned by Farad Nominees, a NSW group with one other nursing home in NSW. It is not clear whether this is a new owner or a subsidiary of the old one.

I do not have details of the problems in Dec 2002. In an audit in December 2004 Sir Thomas Mitchell passed all 44 criteria and was accredited for 3 years. This was not a surprise visit.

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