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Aged care changes act on Royal Commission
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