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Royal Commission into Aged Care

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.

You can view the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference here and read our statement regarding the Terms of Reference here. You can read our briefing paper about the Royal Commission 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.

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5 Comments

  1. Glenda Arnall / 22/09/2018

    I have for a long time been concerned about young people from the age of 30 if not younger, their disability because of an Illness or an accident being given a room or even worse a bed with people three times their age.. We do need to do something about this…. here in Australia we tend to forget about our young people who cannot look after themselves. Please extend The Commision to include them ..

  2. Philippa Nichol / 24/09/2018

    I have watched in horror as my friend whom I had helped care for for the past 6years at least, was drugged into floor sitting naked by a local Aged Care unit, this was after only 3 weeks as a permanent resident in the home. Lucky for us we after much heart sadness and anger we were able to have him moved to a more compassionate and skilled Care Home.

    The system needs more human kindness and more leadership with less management , the system has a responsibility to Care and be effective as well as being an industry for employment and humanity.

  3. skotzageridis@me.com / 04/10/2018

    My brother was placed in to aged care after a stroke at the age of 45 he suffered for 1 1/2 years till we could finally manage to get him home I would love to tell his story to the royal commission it is about time something was done about this situation facing the elderly and disabled people in our community

    • Communications / 12/10/2018

      We’re so sorry to hear about your brother’s experience. We’ll share info on how to make submissions to the Royal Commission as soon as the process is clear. Regards, Vince

  4. Mary-louise Hurford / 10/10/2018

    Specifically designed accommodation is a big factor for complex needs for people living with a disability. Very hard to find, disability support people are required to engage in nursing skills they are not trained for. Country areas especially lack accommodation, and skilled staff. The NDIS is restrictive especially for those financially managed. Dual diagnosis of intellectual and mental health also very complex to manage, behavioral issues, addictions. There is a multitude of diagnosis with disabilities, and supports can be very high and complex, added to this is medications impacting functioning with activities of daily living.

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