Royal Commission finds “unacceptably high levels of substandard care”
Following the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Michael is joined by Dr Sarah Russell, Public health researcher & co-founder of ‘Aged Care Reform Now’, who became involved in aged care advocacy after her parents moved into an aged care home in 2010.
Dr Sarah Russell explains the need for reform – “there had been almost 20 inquiries into the aged care sector over the past two decades but, despite some fantastic recommendations, there had been little change.”
“Many witnesses told heartbreaking stories of neglect, negligence and abuse during the Royal Commission’s hearings.”
“Sadly, none of these stories were surprising. Similar stories have been told in submissions to numerous inquiries over the past 20 years.”
“Since the Aged Care Act 1997 came into effect, the balance of power has been with providers – not older people and families who use aged services. This must change. We urgently need a new Aged Care Act that is focused on human rights of older people.”
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