Thursday, April 25, 2024

Have you say on quality aged care

Minister for Aged Care, Anika Wells is encouraging older people, their families, friends, carers and aged care providers to share their views on strengthening quality in aged care through the Aged Care Quality Standards.

The review responds to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Royal Commission). This includes strengthening key areas such as food and nutrition, diversity, dementia, clinical care and governance. 

“The Aged Care Quality Standards are more than just a document. They provide a shared understanding of what is expected in aged care.They are being urgently reviewed so we can strengthen requirements and embed high quality in the aged care system,” said Minister Wells.

“I want to ensure all older people receive high quality care that is best suited to them and meets their individual needs, which is why it’s so critical that as many people engage as possible and have their say.

The content and structure of the current Quality Standards have been revised following significant targeted consultation with key stakeholders including consumer representatives, the sector, peak bodies and experts, the Minister said.

“We heard what the Royal Commission said and are raising the bar for quality and safety.”

“We are doing this by strengthening governance and clinical care in the Quality Standards and ensuring the diversity of older Australians and people living with dementia are better understood and considered,” she said.

Public consultation commences 17 October 2022. Visit the Ageing and Aged Care Engagement Hub at www.agedcareengagement.health.gov.au/qualitystandards.

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