The Federal Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, spoke at the National Press Club last week about ‘Australia’s New Age of Opportunity.’
The Minister covered a range of topics such as a Seniors’ Gap Year, the focus on transparency and how important it is for the community to continue to learn from the older generation.
The Minister also raised that loneliness is one of the most disturbing trends seen among aged care residents. Sadly, up to 40 per cent of aged care residents get no visitors throughout the year. We previously wrote about how technology can help in aged care including helping residents remain connected with their loved ones.
Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes
The speech coincided with the release of the report “Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes”, authored by Kate Carnell AO and Prof Ron Paterson ONZM.
Ten recommendations are put forward in the report including the introduction of unannounced visits as part of the ongoing accreditation.
- Establish an independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to centralise accreditation, compliance and complaints handling.
- The Aged Care Commission will develop and manage a centralised database for real-time information sharing.
- All residential aged care services in receipt of Commonwealth funding must participate in the National Quality Indicators Program.
- The Aged Care Commission will implement a star-rated system for public reporting of provider performance.
- The Aged Care Commission will support consumers and their representatives to exercise their rights.
- Enact a serious incident response scheme (SIRS) for aged care.
- Aged care standards will limit the use of restrictive practices in residential aged care.
- Ongoing accreditation, with unannounced visits, to assure safety and quality of residential aged care.
- Ensure that assessment against Standards is consistent, objective and reflective of current expectations of care.
- Enhance complaints handling.
There is a great deal of information in the report that includes submissions from across the sector. The full report can be viewed here.