The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report found that “the aged care system does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and too often neglects them.”
Released today, the report identified three key areas requiring immediate action:
- to provide more Home Care Packages to reduce the waiting list for higher level care at home (something National Seniors Australia has long campaigned for)
- to respond to the significant over-reliance on chemical restraint in aged care, including through the seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement
- to stop the flow of younger people with a disability going into aged care, and speed up the process of getting out those young people who are already in aged care.
For more information, download the media release.
You can also download the full interim report from the Royal Commission website.
National Seniors Australia will provide a more detailed report in next week's edition of Connect. If you are not subscribed to our weekly newsletter, you can do so here.
National Seniors has contributed to the commission’s investigations through our submissions, research and evidence.
Thank you for sharing your stories and helping us fight for a better system on behalf of all older Australians.
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You can watch the latest edition of PAM – your Policy Advocacy Media update, below.
Chief Advocate Ian Henschke discusses the aged care crisis, with a particular focus on Home Care Packages and his personal connection to the waiting list tragedy.