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Royal Commission into the aged care sector announced

Posted 04 October 2018

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the Federal Government's decision to ask the Governor General to establish a Royal Commission into the aged care sector.

The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has since written a letter to the aged care workforce about the Royal Commission.

The terms of reference are still being finalised, however, it is expected it will cover:

  • the quality of care provided to older Australians, and the extent of substandard care
  • the challenge of providing care to Australians with disabilities living in residential aged care, particularly younger people with disabilities
  • the challenge of supporting the increasing number of Australians suffering dementia and addressing their care needs as they age
  • the future challenges and opportunities for delivering aged care services in the context of changing demographics, including in remote, rural and regional Australia
  • any other matters that the Royal Commission considers necessary.

The VHA has written to the Minister to provide feedback on the terms of reference and have asked it consider the impact of insufficient clinical care in non-government aged care facilities on the acute health sector. The letter asked they cover the ability of Commonwealth Home Support Packages to provide sufficient resources for those living in the community with complex needs and access to general practitioners and other health professionals within aged care services.

In our letter, the VHA also called for financial assistance for services if PSRACs are captured under the terms of reference.

The VHA will provide updates to members as the Royal Commission begins its work.

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