Aged care will go un­der the mi­cro­scope

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

DAMN­ING re­ports of el­der abuse in aged care fa­cil­i­ties have been a cat­a­lyst for a new royal com­mis­sion, Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son an­nounced early this week.

It will look at the qual­ity of care pro­vided by fa­cil­i­ties and by home-based aged care, and in­clude young Aus­tralians with dis­abil­i­ties who are liv­ing in aged care set­tings.

One year af­ter the Oak­den aged care fa­cil­ity in South Aus­tralia was shut down and three in­quiries later, the Prime Min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment had been tak­ing steps to im­prove the sys­tem.

“When I be­came prime min­is­ter just over three weeks ago, I was ad­vised that as a re­sult of the in­creased au­dit work we had com­mis­sioned, the Depart­ment of Health has closed al­most one aged care ser­vice per month since Oak­den, with an in­creas­ing num­ber un­der sanc­tion to im­prove their care,” he said.

Upon the an­nounce­ment of a Royal Com­mis­sion, Mr Mor­ri­son was ques­tioned about a pre­vi­ous $1.2 bil­lion cut to aged care dur­ing his time as trea­surer – which he quickly and ve­he­mently denied.

Aged care ad­vo­cacy body Coun­cil on the Age­ing was one of many groups that wel­comed the royal com­mis­sion.

COTA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Yates said the gov­ern­ment needed to im­ple­ment rec­om­men­da­tions from a string of in­quiries into aged care.

“Tighter reg­u­la­tion, im­proved ca­pac­ity of the aged care work­force and greater trans­parency are all ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal to im­prov­ing safety and qual­ity in our aged care sys­tem,” he said.

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