The Royal Commission into Safety and Quality in Aged Care has been extended by six months, and an additional Commissioner has been appointed. The Hon Gaetano (Tony) Pagone QC has been appointed to join Commissioners Richard Tracey and Lynelle Briggs. The date for the interim report – due 31 October 2019 – remains unchanged but the final report, which is the one that will contain the Commission’s recommendations, is now not due until 12 November 2020.
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A new toolkit has been launched to help culturally and linguistically diverse aged care consumers tell their stories in any language to the aged care royal commission. The toolkit has been developed by the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA) with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health. It has been written in plain English and includes an information booklet, conversation cards and an additional form to submit to the royal commission. Read more here.
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Over the past few weeks, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has held hearings in Broome, Darwin and Cairns focused on aged care for people in remote, rural and regional locations. The challenges highlighted at these hearings included high costs, difficulties attracting and retaining staff and the lack of supporting services to maintain buildings and facilities, and the lack of access to services provided by nurses, doctors and dentists to help people stay at home.
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COTA Australia CEO Ian Yates spoke at length on the first day of the hearings. Read the transcripts or view the live webcasts or video recordings for any of the hearings at agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au
The Royal Commission continues to invite submissions until at least the end of June 2019. Interested members of the public and institutions can make a submission at agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au
Australia’s peak advocacy body for older Australians COTA Australia today outlined the five priority fixes that need to occur in the near future to address well documented failures in aged care while the Royal Commission into aged care is conducting further investigation into the sector.
COTA Chief Executive, Ian Yates said Keep fixing Australia’s aged care system sets out urgent actions the Government must implement in tandem with the Royal Commission if it is serious about aged care reform.
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