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Aged care reforms continue

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It’s been another big week of announcements around reform of aged care.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt yesterday said they’d reached a “significant milestone towards a better, safer aged care system”.

They appointed Janet Anderson as Australia’s first Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner. The commission will start “intensified compliance monitoring from 1 January 2019” and has a budget of almost $300 million over four years.

Also, this week, the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Aged Care Facilities in Australia handed down its findings. The Committee Chair, Trent Zimmerman MP, said it received submissions from residents and family members that outlined “harrowing examples of mistreatment” and added “this is not good enough for a nation like Australia”.

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Source:
Ian Henschke, 2018, National Seniors (https://nationalseniors.com.au/)

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