A number of measures have been taken by the Minister for Ageing, designed to strengthen the current protocols and protections for nursing home residents. They include expanding the requirement for staff to undergo police checks, strengthening the powers of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency, the independent agency which accredits aged care facilities, requiring clinical staff to check on actual residents in a facility as a part of their investigations and reviewing the Aged Care Act to close loopholes and make improvements to quality in aged care.

It has also been announced that next financial year, the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency has been instructed to undertake a record 7000 announced and unannounced visits to aged care facilities across the nation.

Ms Elliot stands behind the actions being taken by the Government saying “I am unapologetic about the tough measures. Australia’s aged care providers in Australia have nothing to fear from the Australian Government’s plans to protect and improve the lives of residents in aged care facilities.”

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