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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Background paper: an overview of Australia’s current aged care system, Monday 25 February 2019 

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has released its first background paper on Australia’s current aged care system.

Background Paper 1 is called Navigating the maze: an overview of Australia’s current aged care system.  It outlines different aspects of the aged care system, the services currently being delivered in Australia and the areas in need of substantial reform.

https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/publications/Pages/default.aspx

Royal Commission hearings begin in Adelaide this Monday, 11 February 2019

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold its first public hearing in Adelaide from Monday 11 February to Wednesday 13 February and from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019.

Subjects to be covered in this hearing will be:

  • The key features of the aged care quality, safety and complaints system at the level of the Australian Government, including how that system was operated, monitored and regulated prior to 1 January 2019 and how it is expected that the system will be operated, monitored and regulated following the establishment of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.
  • The changing demographics of the Australian population and the implications this has for the aged care system.
  • The nature and meaning of 'quality' and 'safety' within the Australian aged care system, as those concepts are understood from a variety of national perspectives.
  • Key issues affecting the functioning of the Australian aged care system identified from the perspectives of representative bodies, and from the experience of people receiving or seeking aged care services.

Attendance at the hearings

The media and the public are welcome to attend the hearings. There will be limited seats inside the courtroom but seating will be available in two neighbouring courtrooms where the hearing can be viewed on a large screen.

Further details about the hearings are available on the Royal Commission website.

The Adelaide hearings will begin at 10:00 am, Monday 11 February through to Wednesday 13 February and Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019, Court 11, Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts, 3 Angas St, Adelaide SA 5000.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality Opens

A transcript of the statements by the Commissioner and Counsel Assisting are available on the transcript page.

Public submissions call for Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/news/Pages/media-releases/Public-submissions-call-for-Royal-Commission-into-Aged-Care-Quality-and-Safety-9-Jan-2018.aspx

Submissions invited by Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/news/Pages/media-releases/Submissions-invited-by-Royal-Commission-into-Aged-Care-Quality-and-Safety.aspx

Announcement

agedcare.govcms.gov.au/announcement-of-royal-commission-into-aged-care-quality-and-safety

Consultation Open for Aged Care Royal Commission

Approximately 3,000 submissions have been received so far on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into the aged care sector, with just one day left before online submissions close.

health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2018-wyatt132.htm

Royal Commission Roundtables Seek Comprehensive Input

Our Aboriginal Advocacy Program Manager, Ms Trischia Ritchie, visited Sydney for The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP Royal Commission Roundtable discussions. Detail about the consultation is provided at the link:

health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2018-wyatt134.htm