Aged care focus
SECTOR’S SERVICES TO GET NEW QUALITY AND SAFETY COMMISSION
Aged care will be policed by a tough new cop from 2020 as the Federal Government moves to crack down on shocking cases of neglect and abuse in the sector.
Legislation cleared the Senate yesterday to establish the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, which will regulate residential aged care services, home care services, flexible care services and publicly-funded aged care services.
The bill returns to lower house to tick amendments.
The commission will regulate provider approvals, quality and prudential compliance and compulsory reporting from the Health Department.
Former acting chief executive of the Northern Territory’s Department of Health the off Janet Anderson will head up the new regulator.
Greens senator Rachel Siewert was pleased the government had changed the bill after she raised issues through a parliamentary committee.
Under the amended bill, the commissioner will have to appoint a chief clinical advisor to help the agency.
She will also be able to make information about commonwealth-funded aged care services public, but the Greens failed in a bid for that to include staffing ratios.
‘‘We know that staffing is a huge issue in the aged care sector and families and older Australians should be able to see what is on offer from providers and the skills and training they have,’’ Ms Siewert said.
The agency is in addition to a royal commission.
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