Older woman holding a cane.

In October, the Aged Care Royal Commission published its Interim Report. The interim report was clear in outlining the urgent need for action in the aged care sector. Throughout 2019 and now into 2020, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has heard of shocking cases of abuse, neglect and mistreatment of residents in aged care.

The Commission has also heard evidence pertaining to abuse and neglect of older Australians living at home and receiving home care support services, as well as insufficient access to care and supports for thousands of people on seemingly endless waiting lists for care packages. 

In response, the Morrison Government has pledged to deliver $536.5 million of extra funding and reforms to the Aged Care system, including:

  • $496.3 million in 10 000 additional Home Care packages
  • $25.5 million to improve medication management programs (aimed at reducing the prevalence of chemical or prescription medical restraints used on aged care residents and those living at home.
  • $10 million for additional dementia training and support for aged care workers and providers
  • $4.7 million to get younger people with disabilities out of residential aged care.
You can read the Prime Minister’s Media Release. or download the Aged Care Royal Commission Interim Report.

Aged Care Royal Commission

Phone: 1800 951 822
Web: www.agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au
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