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.
The federal government has announced an additional 10,000 home care packages as part of a $662 million commitment to aged care.
The nation’s leading consumer representatives will comprise the first witnesses at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety when hearings get underway next week.
Western-Australian aged care provider Braemar Presbyterian Care has expanded its third-party whistle-blower service for staff to allow residents and family members to also anonymously raise concerns.
The first 350 of 775 new restorative care places announced in last year’s budget will be allocated by July, the federal government says, with the remainder to come online in the next financial year.
The new independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, which includes a single point of contact for all aged care queries and concerns, has commenced operation.
The government will review whether it is necessary to tighten registration requirements for home care providers following allegations of price-gouging, non-compliance with standards and pushy sales techniques.
The Commonwealth Government has announced health sector leader Janet Anderson as the first commissioner of the aged care sector’s new quality regulator.
Consumer advocacy group COTA Australia has released a position paper setting out what it says needs to be done to fix the aged care system as the sector braces for a royal commission.
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.
The creation of a social change campaign to promote a workforce that currently feels “persecuted and undervalued” is among the recommendations of a key aged care workforce report released by the federal government.