Pagone joins legal support organisation

Aged care royal commissioner Tony Pagone has been appointed patron of legal support organisation Aged-care Legal Advocacy and Reform Matter (ALARM).

Community legal support organisation Aged-care Legal Advocacy and Reform Matter (ALARM) has appointed aged care royal commissioner Tony Pagone as patron to support access to justice for residents.

Mr Pagone served as a judge in the Federal Court of Australia from 2013 to 2018, joined the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety as a commissioner in September 2019 and replaced Richard Tracey as chair of the commission a month later.

ALARM is a not-for-profit organisation set up to address failings in residential aged care identified by the royal commission.

It aims to promote aged care law reform, educate aged care residents, their families and friends on their legal rights and provide access to experienced lawyers.

ALARM chair Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen welcomed Mr Pagone to the organisation.

“He will take on the important role of patron to a dedicated cohort of volunteer students, lawyers, law firms and academics working together through ALARM to eliminate the unacceptable levels of neglect and improve accountability and governance in aged care,” Dr Keon-Cohen said.

Mr Pagone said he looked forward to joining ALARM.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to act as patron to ALARM, an organisation addressing the inadequacies identified by the royal commission and contributing to the reform of the aged care sector by ensuring Australia’s most vulnerable people have access to legal support and services,” Mr Pagone said.

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