Age care spot­light a win­ner

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY

A ROYAL com­mis­sion into the aged care sys­tem is set to be­gin within months, fo­cus­ing on abuse and ne­glect of el­derly Aus­tralians.

The in­quiry re­ceived bi­par­ti­san sup­port yes­ter­day as Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten backed Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son’s push to ad­dress a “very dis­turb­ing trend” in abuse and fail­ures in res­i­den­tial and in-home care across the coun­try.

“I’d wel­come an over­due look at the aged care sec­tor in Aus­tralia,” Mr Shorten said yes­ter­day.

“I said it was in na­tional cri­sis some months ago … the gov­ern­ment rushed out and ac­cused me rather wrongly of caus­ing fear-mon­ger­ing …

“But leave aside who’s come up with the idea, the real story here is that many of our older Aus­tralians are gen­uinely wor­ried about go­ing into aged care … the one thing a lot of older Aus­tralians se­cretly dread is los­ing con­trol over their lives and they are gen­uinely wor­ried that when they go into aged care that is ex­actly what hap­pens.”

The gov­ern­ment aims to set­tle on terms of ref­er­ence within weeks and choose com­mis­sion­ers and be­gin the in­quiry in com­ing months. It will cost up to $75 mil­lion and is ex­pected to hand down its find­ings late next year.

An­nounc­ing the royal com­mis­sion, Mr Mor­ri­son said he was shocked by the ex­tent of fail­ures he had seen in the aged care sys­tem dur­ing his first three weeks in the top job.

He said a gov­ern­ment crack­down on aged care fa­cil­i­ties had re­vealed the prob­lem was wide­spread and more needed to be done.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.