AGED CARE: Details of the much anticipated Royal Commission have been released.
AGED CARE: Details of the much anticipated Royal Commission have been released.

Royal Commission to 'build a national culture of respect'

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has released the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care.

Among the directives are that it should cover the challenges and opportunities for providing accessible, affordable and high quality aged care, and delivering care to people living with dementia.

Morrison also named its commissioners. He recommended the Governor General appoint former judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia honourable justice Joseph McGrath and ex-chief executive of Medicare Lynelle Briggs. The latter also served as Australian Public Service Commissioner for five years.

"Our Government wants to ensure Australians have access to the level of care and support each person would expect for themselves," Morrison said. "A key task of the Royal Commission will be to help build a national culture of respect for ageing and older Australians."

The government received more than 5000 submissions after putting out a request to hear from industry and the public.

Per its terms of reference, the aged care royal commission will cover:

  • Quality and safety including the extent of substandard care;
  • How to best deliver care services to people with disabilities residing in aged care facilities including younger people;
  • How to best deliver care to the increasing number of Australians living with dementia;
  • The future challenges and opportunities for delivering accessible, affordable and high quality aged care services, including people's desire to remain living at home as they age, and aged care in rural, regional and remote Australia;
  • What the Government, the aged care sector, Australian families and the wider community can do to strengthen care services to ensure quality and safety;
  • How to allow people greater choice, control and independence and how to improve engagement with families and carers; and
  • How to best deliver sustainable aged care services through innovative care and investment in the aged care workforce and infrastructure; as well as
  • Any matters that the commissioners believe is relevant to their inquiry.

To be based in Adelaide, the royal commissioners will provide an interim report by 31 October 2019 and a final report by 30 April 2020.

Morrison reassured the industry that while they go about their work, the government will get on with its policing and reform program.

Click here for more details on the terms of reference.

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