The interim report from the Senate Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised was released 13 February 2018.
The particular focus of the inquiry was on the Makk and McLeay wards of the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility in South Australia; and the failure of regulatory systems to identify and address serious issues related to safety and care much earlier.
The Inquiry report concluded that many of the circumstances leading to the substandard level of care were not unique to this type of facility; that there are similar models of care in other facilities, and that many of the failures in the quality oversight frameworks are universal (p67).
The committee intends to extend the inquiry to further investigate aged care quality frameworks; and expects the Australian Government response to the recommendations of the Carnell Paterson review and the new Single Aged Care Quality Framework will play major roles in the ongoing examination of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework (p67). Click here to access the Senate Report.
Anyone with concerns which can not be resolved directly with the Aged Care Provider can contact the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner 1800 550 552 , ADA (Aged and Disability Advocates) 1800 818 338 or the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit 1800 008 993.