ACSA welcomes Royal Commission’s scope and national discussion on aged care

Release date: 09 Oct 2018

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) says the scope of the Government’s Royal Commission into aged care will encourage a wide-ranging and constructive national discussion on the future of quality services for Australia’s ageing population.

 “The broad and inclusive scope of these terms of reference recognise that aged care services touch the lives of older Australians and their families in meaningful and important ways but also recognises there is complexity to questions around how care is delivered to individuals with varying care needs,” said Pat Sparrow, ACSA CEO.

“It is pleasing to see the Terms of Reference acknowledge the need to look into all aspects of aged care; issues specific to remote, rural or regional areas; caring for those with chronic or complex health needs like dementia, as well as hearing from younger people with disabilities living in residential care.

“Also underpinning the scope of this inquiry is an acknowledgement that Australia’s population demographics require us as a community to consider how we can assure the quality of care we expect for our elders in a sustainable and viable way into the future. Innovative models of care, increasing use of technology and workforce issues are all in-scope and important considerations in those inquiries.”

The peak body reiterated the Government’s hopes that the Royal Commission and the many important national conversations around ageing and aged care that will take place between now and the final report in 2020 – and beyond – will help to build a stronger national culture of respect for older Australians.

“As aged care providers, respect for our elders is at the heart of what we do. There is no room in our community for poor or inattentive care and we have zero tolerance for criminal abuse, assault or negligence.

“We share the community’s desire for older Australians to be able to choose from a range of quality aged care services that provide the compassionate and dignified care they need and deserve. 

“We welcome the appointment of Joseph McGrath and Lynelle Briggs AO as the Royal Commissioners for the duration of this inquiry.  The industry will co-operate fully and transparently to achieve the outcomes we all want for the provision of quality aged care into the future.”

~ENDS~ Media contacts:  Emily Parkinson, Media and Public Affairs Manager: 0420 390 031

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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