People in the Eden-Monaro and Gilmore electorates are being invited to have input into the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into the aged care sector through an online feedback tool.
The Royal Commission will primarily look at the quality of care provided in both residential and home aged care for senior Australians, but will also include young people with disabilities living in residential aged care settings.
Senator for New South Wales John Williams said "whilst we rely on so many people and facilities to care for our aged, it is unfortunate that following intensified policing and inspections major problems have been found and the Royal Commission is a necessity."
"Over the past year the Department of Health had closed a number of aged care services with an increasing number under sanction to improve their care."
Senator Williams said whilst the final Terms of Reference will be determined in consultation with the community including residents, their families and aged care providers, the inquiry will focus on –
The quality of care provided to older Australians, and the extent of substandard care;
The challenge of providing care to Australians with disabilities living in residential aged care, particularly younger people with disabilities;
The challenge of supporting the increasing number of Australians suffering dementia and addressing their care needs as they age;
The future challenges and opportunities for delivering aged care services in the context of changing demographics, including in remote, rural and regional Australia;
Any other matters that the Royal Commission considers necessary.
“Consultation on the Terms of Reference will be open until Tuesday the 25th of September via the Commonwealth Department of Health’s website at consultations.health.gov.au/