DHHS Secretary appears at Aged Care Royal Commission

September 18, 2019

DHHS Secretary Kym Peak appeared at the Aged Care Royal Commission in Melbourne last week, giving evidence regarding younger people in residential aged care in Victoria.

Ms Peake’s evidence provided some background on disability policy such as the Slow to Recover program, the Alfred Health Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre and the work of the TAC, while her statement included the data relating to younger people residing in public sector aged care, including:

  • Relative to the public sector’s share of residential aged care beds statewide (approximately 11 per cent), there tends to be a disproportionate number of younger people who reside in PSRACS, with approximately 20 per cent of younger people residing in a PSRACS.
  • There were 252 residents in PSRACS as at 30 June 2018 (or around 19 per cent of the total Victorian RACS younger resident population).
  • There is a much higher proportion of residents under 65 years in public sector specialist units, aged persons mental health services and high care PSRACS compared to low care PSRACS and other non-government providers. This data reflects that PSRACS support residents with more complex health and care needs than the broader RACS sector.

Commissioner Briggs said she found Ms Peake’s evidence helpful.

‘I really thought it gave us a good understanding of the richness of the state knowledge and experience in this area that is just waiting to be drawn upon as part of the broader directions that might be taken in this area.

‘…you supplemented that by saying it needed to be followed up by a dedicated workforce who knows what the options are, and funding support to make it happen and that’s a really, really helpful intervention to this Royal Commission.’

Ms Peake’s witness statement can be viewed here. Transcripts from the hearing can be viewed here.