Royal Commission to focus on making aged care better

AGED CARE: The terms require the commissioners to look at the extent of below-par aged care, and how to improve services for disabled residents
AGED CARE: The terms require the commissioners to look at the extent of below-par aged care, and how to improve services for disabled residents

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of the terms of reference and appointment of Commissioners for the planned Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney said the terms of reference reflected the views of LASA’s members that the Royal Commission needs to focus on making Australia’s aged care system better. 

“LASA strongly asserted that the Royal Commission have a clear outcome to direct its focus and effort on ensuring Australia has a high performing, respected and sustainable aged care system that delivers accessible, affordable, quality care and services for all older Australians. LASA believes the Terms of Reference provide for this outcome,” Mr Rooney said.

“LASA also welcomes the terms of reference recognition of the importance of building a national culture of respect for ageing and older persons.  

“This is fundamental to Australia as a nation better supporting the growing numbers of older Australians to age well.”

Mr Rooney said the responsibility for strengthening aged care does not just rest with the government and the aged care industry, as Australian families and the community also play a role in improving the system.

“The terms of reference specifically include often overlooked areas of care such as mental health, personal care and end of life care,” Mr Rooney said. 

“The inclusion of the interface with other services accessed by people receiving aged care services, including primary health care services, is very pleasing, as this interface has also been shown to be crucial to realising better care outcomes.”

Mr Rooney said it was important that the Royal Commission be open and transparent, providing a forum for all stakeholders to tell their stories with regards to their experiences of Australia’s aged care system.  

“A commitment to openness and transparency will afford all involved in the Royal Commission process an opportunity to hear first-hand the personal stories of individuals including older Australians, their families, and aged care staff and their organisations, on their lived experience of the aged care system.”

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