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This week, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety examined the interfaces between the aged care and the healthcare system, including both Commonwealth and state or territory programs.

The Hearing has been held in Canberra at the Vibe Hotel at Canberra Airport from Monday 9 to Friday 13 December. The Hearing examined whether older people, particularly those living in residential aged care facilities, can access the health services they need.

The Commission heard testimony from witnesses, including residential aged care providers, health providers and residents and their families. The Commission looked at the need to improve access and consistency in primary health care services, particularly access to General Practitioners (GPs), nurse practitioners and primary care nurses for older people in residential aged care.

The Aged Care Royal Commission further investigated the challenges faced by people living in residential aged care services attempting to access health services funded by Medicare or the state or territory health system. Further, the Commission looked at access to medical specialist treatment outside of a hospital for aged care residents.

Of note is a need identified for improved data collection, communication and planning in relation to health needs of older people accessing aged care services, and proper access to state or territory funded palliative care services for people living in residential aged care. The Hearing is available online as a live webcast, as well as video with and without captions, audio recordings and transcripts of the Hearing. For more info

Aged Care Royal Commission

Phone: 1800 960 711
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Web: agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au
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