A female nurse supporting an elderly man to walk

 The Aged Care Royal Commission Interim report was published on Thursday 31 October 2019. In the opening statement the Commission has "found the aged care system fails to meet the needs of its older, vulnerable citizens. It does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too many instances, it neglects them."

Revealed in this Interim Report titled Neglect, the Commissioners are seeking urgent attention and action:

  1. to provide more Home Care Packages to reduce the waiting list for higher level care at home
  2. to respond to the significant over-reliance on chemical restraint in aged care, including through the seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement
  3. to stop the flow of younger people with disability going into aged care, and expediating the process of getting those younger people who are already in aged care out.

There are links available to both the complete Media Release here Aged Care in Australia: A Shocking Tale of Neglect and the full Interim Report here About the Interim Report.

The Governor-General will receive the Final Report on 12 November, 2020.

Information sourced from: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Media Release 31 10 2019