Concern about multiple aged care inquiries

Today saw the commencement of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia.

 

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) CEO Sean Rooney said, “Age services providers, government and the community all share a desire for a high performing aged care sector, supported by a quality assurance and accreditation system that meets the needs of older Australians and upholds the standards the community rightfully expects when it comes to quality of care.

 

“We support this Inquiry but are concerned that with the Federal Government already considering a number of significant inputs that will further drive aged care quality and reform, the work of the Inquiry may duplicate research and findings already undertaken and slow down the process of reform at a critical time.”

 

These inputs include:

  • Tune Report on the Aged Care Legislated Review
  • Carnell Paterson Report into the government’s quality accreditation systems and processes
  • Senate inquiry into aged care quality assessment and accreditation
  • Aged Care Single Quality Framework
  • Resource Utilisation and Classification Study
  • Increasing Choice in Home Care changes
  • the new Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce.

 

Mr Rooney said data from the aged care complaints commissioner demonstrates that “overwhelmingly, the majority of facilities provide excellent care and are working continually to improve services.”

 

“However, our commitment to ensuring quality and safety is emphatic and we will work with the government to support initiatives that are effective in reaching this end,” Mr Rooney said.

 

The Inquiry into Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia, to be Chaired by Mr Trent Zimmerman MP, will examine Australia’s residential aged care system, in particular the quality of care and services provided to aged care residents.

 

The Committee will also consider the consumer protections available for aged care residents. Submissions from interested individuals and organisations are invited by Thursday, 8 February 2018.

 

LASA will examine the Terms of Reference of this Inquiry and engage with Members before responding.

 

7 December 2017.