ROYAL COMMISSION UPDATE
In September Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care.
The commission’s interim report is to be provided by 31 October 2019.
CEO Luke Bo’sher and policy manager George Taleporos met with Royal Commissioner Lynelle Briggs and her team in November. We are very pleased to report that young people in residential aged care and the issues related to this group are a high and early priority for the Commissioner.
We talked to the Commissioner about the importance of providing a range of options for people to tell their stories, and will be working closely with the Royal Commission to support young people to have their say.
If you or a family member would like to have your say please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates, contact us directly or you can contact the Royal Commission by visiting: agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
You can watch the announcement of the Royal Commission by the Prime Minister here.
YOUNGER PEOPLE IN AGED CARE
About 1 in 40 of all Australians living in aged care are under 65 years of age. The outcomes for many of these younger people are terrible.
You can learn more about younger people in aged care by reading this fact sheet.
There are alternatives to living in aged care for young people with disability – perfectly illustrated in Ben, Cheryl and Gary’s video story.
Cheryl and Gary’s son Ben was 22 when he acquired a significant brain injury. Ben could have been one of the 50 younger Australians who enter residential aged care every week. Instead, he lives with support and independence in his own unit.