There is overwhelming support among not-for-profit aged care providers for the establishment of an independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, a new survey shows.
Australian Law Reform Commission
With numerous reviews, inquiries and changes slated for 2018, AAA presents a helpful guide to navigating the aged care year ahead.
Work is already underway within government on the Australian Law Reform Commission’s proposals, says Age Discrimination Commissioner Kay Patterson.
It’s time for government action to implement the Australian Law Reform Commission’s recommendations for tackling elder abuse, writes Geoff Rowe.
Australia’s law reform body has recommended strengthening protections for seniors in aged care including a more extensive scheme for reporting and investigating alleged incidents.
The government will next week release a key review into Australia’s laws protecting older people from abuse that could see sweeping changes to mandatory reporting of alleged assaults in aged care.
Aged care provider peak bodies say more evidence and consideration is needed before the laws around mandatory reporting of assaults in aged care are expanded, following the Australian Law Reform Commission’s proposals for a new regime.
A new “reportable incidents scheme” in aged care would require aged care providers to report alleged assaults to the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner as well as the police and the Department of Health under proposals put forward by the Australian Law Reform Commission.
Despite nine years of compulsory reporting, the aged care sector is still in the dark about the prevalence of assaults in aged care and the outcomes of notifications to the police.
The use of restraint in aged care and the lack of regulation around it is among the issues the Australian Law Reform Commission is exploring in its elder abuse inquiry, an issues paper released today shows.
The standards covering community aged care should require that all care workers undertake elder abuse training, while all certificate level aged care courses should include a mandatory unit on responding to abuse, Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence has concluded.