If you believe your experiences of the aged care system are of value to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety then there is still time to make a submission. The Royal Commission is accepting submissions until at least the end of September this year.
While the commission prefers online submissions, you can write to GPO Box 1151 Adelaide SA 5001, or email ACRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au.
You can also telephone 1800 960 711 (between 8.00 am - 8.00 pm AEST Monday-Friday except on public holidays. Interpreter service available).
National Seniors has been active in promoting the need for reform of aged care for many years. Our advocacy efforts have contributed to ongoing reform of the sector and will make an important contribution to the Royal Commission process.
You can learn more about how we are fighting for a better age care system and also follow the hearings here.
The next round of public hearings commences on 6 May in Sydney, and will look into residential aged care, with a focus on care for people living with dementia plus:
- the perspective and experience of people in residential aged care and people living with dementia, and their family and carers
- quality and safety in residential aged care, particularly for people living with dementia
- the use of restrictive practices in residential aged care
- the extent to which the current aged care system meets the needs of people in residential aged care
- good practice care for people living with dementia, particularly in the context of residential aged care.
It is an opportunity for relatives and advocates who say that years of complaints about neglect or abuse of elderly Australians in residential care have been ignored or dismissed.