A help­ing hand for aged care

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

RIGHT now, some­one could be writ­ing a sub­mis­sion that could change Aus­tralia’s aged care sys­tem for the bet­ter.

Un­til at least June, the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment is col­lect­ing sub­mis­sions for the Royal Com­mis­sion into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Min­is­ter for Se­nior Aus­tralians and Aged Care Ken Wy­att said the na­tional in­quiry was vi­tal to un­der­stand­ing the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties in de­liv­er­ing quality, sus­tain­able aged care.

“The Royal Com­mis­sion is a cru­cial step for­ward in de­ter­min­ing the full ex­tent of prob­lems in aged care,” Mr Wy­att said.

Re­ports of phys­i­cal and men­tal abuse will be col­lated in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in a bid to im­prove the sys­tem and re­duce the chances of ex­ploita­tion of Aus­tralia’s most vul­ner­a­ble.

“While the Royal Com­mis­sion will ex­am­ine

❝step

A cru­cial for­ward in de­ter­min­ing the full ex­tent of prob­lems ...

— Ken Wy­att

what has hap­pened, it is fun­da­men­tally about un­der­stand­ing what needs to be done in the fu­ture and how best to de­liver care ser­vices,” he said.

The Royal Com­mis­sion fol­lows more than 5000 sub­mis­sions re­ceived from aged care con­sumers, fam­i­lies, car­ers, work­ers, health pro­fes­sion­als and providers about the sys­tem.

The process pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to make rec­om­men­da­tions and re­port con­cerns with the aged care sec­tor.

Sub­mis­sions can be made via post or on­line.

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