The next public hearing of the aged care royal commission will focus on dementia and quality, safety and restrictive practices in residential aged care, the commission has announced.

The aged care royal commission released the scope and purpose of the eight-day Sydney hearing on Friday.

It will hold the public hearing on 6 – 8 May and 13 – 17 May at the Lionel Bowen Law Building on Goulburn, Sydney.

The public hearing will inquire into:

  • the perspective and experience of aged care residents and people living with dementia, and their family and carers
  • quality and safety in residential aged care, particularly for people living with dementia
  • the use of restrictive practices in residential aged care
  • how well the current aged care system meets the needs of people in residential aged care
  • good practice care for people living with dementia, particularly in the context of residential aged care.

The previous hearing in Adelaide over a week in March focused on home care while the first Adelaide public hearing over eight days in February heard an overview of the aged care and complaints systems.

The royal commission said it had already approached the bodies and individuals it seeks evidence from for the Sydney public hearing.

Applications to appear from anyone who considers they have a direct and substantial interest in the public hearing must be received by 26 April.

Find out more information about the Sydney hearing here.

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