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Australia’s aged care system needs to meet the needs of people who have experienced homelessness, disadvantage and marginalisation

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report: Neglect demonstrates serious flaws in the provision of aged care in Australia. It reflects the experience of many families who have advocated to improve the care of someone close to them. We are concerned that the Commission’s final report needs to sufficiently take into account the particular needs of some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable elderly people receiving aged care services.

Our submission focuses on the needs of elderly people who have experienced homelessness, long-term disadvantage and marginalisation and as a consequence, have specific care needs as they grow older. Most of these elderly Victorians do not have family members advocating on their behalf.

Since the release of the Commission’s Interim Report: Neglect, the Australian Government has announced funding for the following priority areas:

·         $496.3 million for an additional 10,000 home care packages

·         $25.5 million to reduce the use of medication as a chemical restraint

·         $10 million for additional dementia training and support for aged care workers 

·         $4.7 million to help meet new targets to remove younger people with disabilities from residential aged care.

All of these initiatives are welcome, but there is much more to do.

The Royal Commission will continue to receive submission until April 2020. The final report will be provided by 12 November 2020.

Click here to read our full submission.

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