The interim report into Australia’s Aged Care System, was released on Thursday. That report found that aged care services are underfunded and poorly managed and “root and branch, reform and redesign” are required. We note that the Aged Care Minister, Richard Colbeck told reporters that he was “shocked” by the findings and that the government, industry and the community were now on notice. “We need to turn that around; that’s what the process is about; that’s why we’re called, the Royal Commission”, Senator Colbeck said.
The report drew attention to urgent action being required in three (3) areas:
1. To provide more home care packages, to reduce the waiting list for higher level care at home;
2. To respond to the significant reliance on chemical restraint in aged care;
3. To stop the flow of younger people with a disability entering the aged care system and speeding up the process of getting those younger people who are already in aged care, out of that system.
We note that the final report of the royal commission is due in November 2020. We are very concerned (but not surprised) by the interim findings and trust that governments and the aged care industry, will take immediate steps to address the problems identified and implement changes recommended.