We have a long tradition of royal commissions in Australia — dating back to before federation. But we know from bitter experience they can fail to generate change.
In a new report, we outline four important steps the government must take to achieve real change in Australia's aged-care system.
Remaking aged care in Australia starts with embracing people-centred design. Instead of the institutional model with its focus on restraint, we need to understand and design for people's needs.
New research suggests many Australians are supportive of a levy to improve the aged care system.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Patrica Sparrow on the Royal Commission into Aged Care.
Michelle Grattan discusses the findings of the royal commission into aged care with ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow.
Many Australians come to the end of their life while living in aged care. But damningly, the aged care royal commission found many residents have worse palliative care options than those living elsewhere.
Disappointingly, however, this report gives the government room to pick and choose recommendations as the cabinet likes.
Governor General David Hurley receives the report of the aged care royal commission from Commissioner Lynelle Briggs at Admiralty House in Sydney, Friday.
One in two Australians aged over 70 will die in an aged care facility, but we don't think it will happen to us.
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Aged-care workers earn little more than the minimum wage. Yet their job goes far beyond cleaning and caring. It's time to take a leaf out of the nursing profession's book and encourage more career prestige.
Publishing hospitalisation data is a good start. But ultimately we need information about each aged care facility's performance to be publicly available.
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If Australia created more age-friendly neighbourhoods — which really are more liveable for everyone — then we wouldn't have to rely so heavily on underfunded, substandard aged-care homes.
Part of the solution might be a Medicare-style levy.
Thanks to review upon review, we have plenty of evidence about the problems in aged care. But federal governments have shown 'a lack of willingness to commit to change'.
The free market experiment in residential aged care is failing older Australians. Rebuilding trust in the system starts with valuing residents' rights, and holding government and providers to account.
This year's federal budget should include an aged-care trifecta: expansion in home care, greater transparency, and a rescue package.
The family home has largely been protected from mean tests to determine how much older people should pay for their aged care. It's time this changed.
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Morrison said at a news conference, ‘We can and must do better in providing improved support for our older Australians’.
Most of the money will go to providing an extra 10,000 home care packages, after the commission said many people were dying while waiting for them.
One in five nursing home residents are given antipsychotic drugs.
Doctors will have to justify prescribing the antipsychotic drug risperidone for longer than 12 weeks. But that won't fix the problem of using drugs to manage aged care residents' behaviour.
An increase in the number of home care packages was one of three recommendations for immediate action made in the interim report.
After a damning interim report from the royal commission, the government will soon announce more money for aged care.