A Senate inquiry has recommended the federal government clarify that residential aged care providers ultimately hold a duty of care to all residents and that the quality commission has a similar responsibility for regulation.
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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.
If history is any guide, the Royal Commission into the aged care sector will focus on systemic issues rather than the role of a few bad apples, write Ian Holland and Lisa Fenn.
Aged care has been a hot-button topic in the lead-up to this weekend’s state election in South Australia.
Alarm as Senate inquiry says it cannot be confident that catastrophic failures in Oakden facility not occurring elsewhere in Australia.
Comprehensive unannounced audits will replace planned accreditation visits in residential aged care facilities, Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has announced.
The Carnell and Paterson review has made 10 recommendations aimed at boosting consumer protection, compliance monitoring and transparency.
In 2011, England had its own Oakden, which has been followed by ongoing reforms at England’s care regulator and how it assesses quality, writes Nick Albrow.
Seniors and legal centres call for government to enact new elder abuse recommendations while aged care providers say report will inform ongoing reviews.
Aged care facilities will be able to compare their accreditation performance against regional and national benchmarks under a new system coming online next month, the quality agency chief says.
Veteran public administrator Kate Carnell and international healthcare quality expert Professor Ron Paterson will examine the national aged care quality regulatory processes.
Stakeholders say a new review must tackle shortcomings in aged care accreditation that allow poor operators to effectively game the system.