The aged care royal commission’s interim report has put the government, industry and community on notice for significant reform to come, says the aged care minister.
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Home care has been identified as one of three areas requiring immediate action in the interim report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality Safety.
The aged care regulator is taking steps to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all former residents of a Gold Coast facility that closed unexpectedly and has commenced an audit of the provider’s regulatory compliance.
The aged care sector has pledged to work towards a smooth transition to the new Aged Care Quality Standards which are now in force.
All aged care providers will be assessed under the new standards from July and they have been advised not to expect the transition period to continue beyond this date.
Tasmanian Liberal senator Richard Colbeck has been given the aged care portfolio in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ministry reshuffle.
The home care waiting list has been the elephant in the room during the election campaign.
A Labor government will ensure that every aged care facility has a registered nurse on site 24 hours a day, publishes its staff skill mix and has appropriate and properly-trained staff at all times, the leader of the Opposition has announced.
The government has announced $34 million in funding to establish a research institution to examine new ways to deliver care for seniors and training and education for aged care providers.
Aged care peaks welcome the initiatives announced in last night’s federal budget but say it is a missed opportunity to address the urgent issues in the aged care sector.
A trial of a national network of outreach centres, information hubs and advisors has been launched to help vulnerable seniors navigate the aged care system and access services.
A “significant” imbalance of power has made residents and home care recipients fearful of making complaints, the royal commission into aged care heard.
The aged care royal commission has heard evidence from its first witnesses, with calls by whistleblowers for a national database identifying rogue workers and concerns raised over an “unintentionally complex” aged care system.
The Federal Government has announced residential aged care will receive an additional $320 million as part of its new $662 million package to support older Australians.