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Update: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety

Posted 13 December 2018

VHA partner, Russell Kennedy Lawyers, has developed an update on the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

The work of the Royal Commission is well underway with the first of the Provider Surveys being released to the top 100 providers on 23 November 2018. Since the end of November 2018, further providers of all types and sizes have received eight questions designed to capture the historical standard of care.

The aim of the Provider Survey is to inform the Commission about instances where providers have not lived up to community expectations and/or not met their responsibilities under the Aged Care Act 1997 (C'th). The Commission intends to use the information it collects to find examples of the aged care landscape and the key issues in the sector.

Providers are encouraged to conduct a thorough review of their position against these questions and to receive legal advice about engaging with the voluntary submission process. In addition, full cooperation with the Royal Commission in answering the questions posed regarding quality performance and policy improvements is encouraged. Where providers feel uncertain about the scope of their review, they should seek legal advice or engage with the Royal Commission’s office for clarity.

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