The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Royal Commission) released its Interim Report on 31 October, titled ‘Neglect’ (Interim Report). The Interim Report can be found here.
The Interim Report makes a clear finding that the aged care system fails to meet the needs of Australia’s older, often very vulnerable citizens and calls for a change to the ‘cruel and harmful system’. The Commissioners also make some profound comments about Australia’s attitude to older Australians, commenting that, ‘As a nation, Australia has drifted into an ageist mindset that undervalues older people and limits their possibilities’.
There are three areas that the Commissioners identified as requiring 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 Interim Report is divided into three volumes.
Volume 1 sets out key information and conclusions reached by the Commissioners in respect of the hearings held from February to September 2019.
Volume 2 provides an overview of each of the public hearings from February up to and including the Darwin and Cairns headings in July 2019.
Volume 3 contains appendices which includes summaries of community forums and roundtable discussions.
The Final Report is due to be handed to the Governor-General on 12 November 2020.
Maddocks has assisted a number of its clients during the course of the Royal Commission with making submissions, preparing written statements and giving oral evidence at the Royal Commission hearings. Maddocks also prepares daily transcript summaries and will continue to do so as hearings progress through 2020.
For more information on the Royal Commission, contact our Healthcare team.
|Elizabeth Blanch | Senior Associate
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