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Aged care changes act on Royal Commission

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THE quality of aged care provided to senior Australian­s will be significan­tly strengthen­ed as government measures came into effect from January 1, 2020.

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission will be bolstered with additional functions and responsibi­lities to safeguard the sector into the future, supported by a series of targeted investment­s aimed at improving compliance and quality.

In addition, new restrictio­ns for prescripti­ons of the drug Risperidon­e mark a tangible step toward reducing the level of chemical restraint used in aged care.

The changes support the government’s initial response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report.

While important government reforms – including the developmen­t of a new funding model – will continue, waiting for the final recommenda­tions from the Royal Commission is vital to ensure long-term sustainabl­e change.

Richard Colbeck, Federal Minister for Aged Care

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