South Australia’s health minister has announced the state government is looking for a new technology provider to run a trial of surveillance and monitoring system in aged care facilities.
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State-run aged care facilities in South Australia will take part in a $500,000 trial of surveillance and monitoring systems under a federally-funded initiative commencing in the second half of this year.
The complex ethical, legal and privacy issues surrounding the use of CCTV cameras in aged care residents’ rooms need to be carefully teased out after a Four Corners investigation showed footage of an elderly resident being assaulted by a care worker, Australia’s aged consumer group says.
Video cameras in aged care may be useful for preventing elder abuse but they raise other challenges, writes Karl Rozenergs.