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Aged care recommendations must be acted upon says LIV

Aged care recommendations must be acted upon says LIV

By LIV Media


The final report from the royal commission into aged care, released by commissioners Tony Pagone and Lynelle Briggs, confirms the LIV’s concerns that substantial change is needed. Whilst the findings and 148 recommendations outlined in the final report are a solid start, the LIV calls for the Government to commit to implementing the recommendations.

LIV President Tania Wolff agrees with the Royal Commission’s comment that “if the systemic failures of Australia’s aged care system are to be addressed, a meaningful shift in the regime and culture of aged care regulation is required.”

‘Whether this cultural shift is achieved through the establishment of a new Aged Care Act remains to be seen.

Nevertheless, the LIV welcomes the fundamental shift towards a human-rights orientated approach as the basis for protecting and promoting the rights of older persons in aged care.”

“The LIV is pleased to see that the Royal Commission has recommended the establishment of an independent office of the Inspector-General to conduct reviews on its own motion, including by external request” Ms Wolff said.

“This recommendation reflects the LIV’s recommendation as detailed in its previous submission, to establish a separate authority to investigate residential aged care facilities on its own motion or upon receipt of a complaint.”

Both Royal Commissioners have reached firm conclusions that the existing mechanisms for delivering and regulating aged care are not working effectively. They have proposed different models to address this. Having regard to the detailed report, the LIV will closely consult with its membership to reach a view on its preferred model and to inform the Law Council’s perspective.

“In the meantime, we will spend time considering the 148 recommendations in detail and stand ready to assist the Government in implementing these important recommendations” Ms Wolff said.

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