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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established on 8 October 2018 and delivered its final report to the Australian Government on 1 March 2021.

In 2019 the Public Advocate delivered a detailed submission to the Royal Commission, which focussed on several critical concerns in relation to aged care including;

  • The unauthorised use of restrictive practices in residential aged care facilities
  • The lack of effective complaint and investigation mechanisms within aged care services
  • Issues associated with the aged care workforce
  • End of life care planning and the lack of palliative care services in aged care facilities
  • The inappropriateness of aged care facilities as a home for younger people with disability

To read the Public Advocate’s submission click here.

The Royal Commission’s final report included 148 recommendations designed to fundamentally reform the aged care system in Australia and refocus its efforts on the provision of care, dignity, and respect for older Australians.

To read the Royal Commission’s final and summary reports click here.

The Public Advocate is supportive of all recommendations made by the Royal Commission and will be assessing the Australian Government’s response to the report over the coming months.