Religious rights and freedom of speech have been stripped from a watered-down “charter of rights’’ for elderly Australians in nursing homes.
Religious rights and freedom of speech have been stripped from a watered-down “charter of rights’’ for elderly Australians in nursing homes.

Rights go missing in new aged-care 'charter of rights'

RELIGIOUS rights and freedom of speech have been stripped from a watered-down "charter of rights'' for elderly Australians in nursing homes.

The right to safe, high-quality care and to "live without abuse and neglect'' are prioritised in the new draft charter, released by federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt today in response to a series of aged-care scandals.

Download the proposed charter (PDF)

Nursing home residents will have 12 rights - including the right to receive safe and high-quality care services, and be treated with dignity and respect.

The new charter gives residents the right to complain without retribution, to maintain independence and to have control over their care and social lives.

Read the full story at the Courier Mail

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt
Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt

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