Latest update about the Commission:
An Interim Report has been released by the Aged Care Royal Commission today (31 October 2019). In this Interim Report Commissioners have identified three areas which require immediate action:
- to provide more Home Care Packages to reduce the waiting list for higher level care at home
- to respond to the significant over-reliance on chemical restraint in aged care, including through the seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement
- to stop the flow of younger people with disability going into aged care, and expediting the process of getting those younger people who are already in aged care out.
The Final Report will be handed to the Governor-General on 12 November 2020. Go to the Royal Commission website to read the full interim report.
In September 2018, the Federal Government announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and released the Terms of Reference in October.
In broad terms, the Terms of Reference require the Commission to examine:
- the quality and safety of aged care services provided to older Australians by reference to a range of factors, such as dignity, choice and control, clinical care, end-of-life care;
- how best to deliver aged care services in a sustainable way including to residents with a disability and those living with dementia, examples of good practice and innovative models of care;
- the future challenges for delivering accessible, affordable and high quality services in the context of rapidly changing demographics and consumer preferences.
On 23 November 2018 Helping Hand, as a larger provider, was invited to provide an early written submission to the Commission.
Currently, it is voluntary to participate in the Royal Commission. Helping Hand has chosen to participate, for several reasons:
- We are committed to transparency, accountability and continuous improvement;
- We value our workforce and recognise that the vast majority of aged care staff provide services with great compassion and professionalism; and
- We are hopeful that the Royal Commission recommendations will strengthen the aged care sector and lead to improved outcomes for older Australians.
The first Hearing of the Royal Commission was held on 18 January 2019, and the Commission is aiming to deliver an interim report in October 2019 and a final report in November 2020.
For further information, or if you have any feedback about the Royal Commission process, please contact Helping Hand on 1300 653 600.
You can also find out more and follow the progress of the Royal Commission via its website.
You can subscribe to updates to the Royal Commission in to Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Helping Hand welcomes the Royal Commission. This is an opportunity for all stakeholders in this sector to demonstrate how we can do better and be better. We also see this as an opportunity to highlight the value of our work and our workforce and the respect that should be afforded to our nation’s elders.