The peak body representing two sanctioned facilities in Sydney’s north says immediate action is being taken to address issues about administrative processes raised by the Department of Health and Ageing.
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) said a new CEO had recently been appointed to the St Catherine’s Aged Care Services facilities in Eastwood and an additional advisor will be appointed.
It is understood that the sanctions imposed on Bethany Hostel and Bethany Nursing Home are among the first to be handed down on the basis of future risk, under new measures introduced on 1 January.
The sanctions were imposed after an unannounced visit and a comprehensive review audit.
The CEO of CHA Martin Laverty said the Department’s concerns were being taken seriously.
“It’s important to stress the department has made no finding that an aged care resident has been adversely affected,” he said
“The Department’s view is that management and systems could be improved.”
St Catherine’s has arranged to meet with staff, residents, and interested family members to outline the action plan to address the department’s concerns.
Mr Laverty said care for residents at St Catherine’s would continue uninterrupted while the administrative and management improvements were completed.