A new Ageing and Disability Commissioner with wide powers to investigate abuse of vulnerable adults will take up office in NSW from July.
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.
The nine state-based agencies that provide advocacy to recipients of aged care are urging the Federal Government to confirm the future delivery of the program, as their funding is due to run out in January.
The government has accepted that a national program of advocacy services for aged care consumers is needed, but has held off on deciding which providers will deliver it.
The government has raised the prospect of a new national advocacy service for aged care clients, but the existing state-based agencies are being backed by key stakeholders in arguing for the status quo – with some improvements.