Aged care crisis: Gov't wants public say on Royal Commission
AUSTRALIANS can help lead aged care into a brighter future after being asked to have their say on the recently announced Royal Commission.
The government will seek opinion on the Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission using an online feedback tool.
The final Terms of Reference will be determined in consultation with the community, including residents and their families and aged care providers. We expect that it will cover:
- The quality of care provided to older Australians, and the extent of substandard care;
- The challenge of providing care to Australians with disabilities living in residential aged care, particularly younger people with disabilities;
- The challenge of supporting the increasing number of Australians suffering dementia and addressing their care needs as they age;
- The future challenges and opportunities for delivering aged care services in the context of changing demographics, including in remote, rural and regional Australia;
- Any other matters that the Royal Commission considers necessary.
All members of the community will be now be able to have their say on the Department of Health's website at consultations.health.gov.au/ or in writing to Minister Greg Hunt and Minister Ken Wyatt by September 25.
The Commission itself will take public submissions once it has commenced.
This Royal Commission will primarily look at the quality of care provided in Residential and Home Aged Care to senior Australians, but also include young Australians with disabilities living in Residential Aged Care settings.