Weekly Wrap Up

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was announced on the 8th October 2018.

BaptistCare is committed to assisting the Commission with information as required and believes this is an important opportunity to create a better system of care for our elderly Australians.

We encourage our staff, residents, families and members of the public to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have or for assistance via email address: RoyalCommissionInfo@baptistcare.org.au

Hearings Summary

  • Preliminary Hearing (Adelaide) 18 January 2019

    The first Directional Hearing was conducted in the Adelaide Law Courts on Friday 18 January 2019. It outlined how the Royal Commission will operate.

    The first public hearing will commence on Monday 11 February 2019. It will cover key features of the aged care, quality, safety and complaints system, and unpack how the system works in practice.

    Further information on upcoming hearings can be found here

  • 11 - 13 February 2019

    The Royal Commission commenced public hearings on Monday 11th February 2019. Over the course of this year, it will conduct hearings in all capital cities and a number of regional locations.

    The Commission anticipates hearings will take place in the weeks commencing: 18 March, 29 April, 6 May; 13 May, 17 June, 24 June; 8 July, 15 July, 29 July, 5 August, 9 September, 8 October, 14 October, 4 November, 11 November and 9 December 2019.

    The location of each hearing will be announced throughout the year as arrangements are finalised.

    Transcripts of Witness List and hearings can be accessed here

  • 26 February 2019

    Dr Timothy McEvoy, Senior Counsel Assisting the Commission announced that the next round of hearings will begin in Adelaide on 18 March 2019, with a focus on home care and the community. The following round will begin in Sydney on 6 May 2019, and will focus on residential aged care, dementia, including quality and safety.

Public Hearings

  • March 2019

    The Royal Commission will hold public hearings in Adelaide from Monday 18 March 2019 to Friday 22 March 2019.  

    The topics to be investigated include:

    • the perspective and experience of people seeking or receiving aged care services in their home, or their family members
    • quality and safety in aged care in the home, accessibility to aged care in the home, the interface between aged care in the home and other care, sustainability and the future of aged care in the home
    • other key issues affecting the functioning of the Australian aged care system as it relates to aged care in the home
    • the regulatory framework as it applies to aged care in the home.
    • Details in relation to this hearing are located here
  • Adelaide Hearing 2: 18-22 March

    The second hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety held in Adelaide from 18-22 March focused on home care services.

    Throughout the course of the week, the Commission heard from a number of witnesses, including Care Recipients, Providers, Department of Health Officials, Personal Care Workers and Academics.

    In closing, Dr Tim McEvoy, Senior Counsel assisting the Commission addressed seven broad topics arising from the hearing and requiring further focus from the Commission:

    • difficulties arising when older Australians have to navigate MyAgedCare;
    • the home care waiting list;
    • approvals of home care providers;
    • the regulation of services and mechanisms used for ensuring quality and safety in home care;
    • fees and charges, the transparency of fee structures and the potential regulation of administration fees;
    • issues associated with consumer-directed care, including unspent funds; and
    • workforce challenges, including in relation to education and training.

    Transcripts and Witness Lists can be accessed here.

    The next round of hearings will be in Sydney and are scheduled to take place in the weeks commencing 6 May 2019 and 13 May 2019. 

Community Forums

Forums will be held in a number of locations around the country. They will be an opportunity for members of the public to hear about the work of the Commission and to offer their ideas on the challenges and strengths of, and the opportunities to improve aged care.

Details for Community forums will be publicised through the Royal Commissions website, Royal Commission mailing list and local media.  Members of the public will be invited to register their intention to attend.

At each forum, a limited number of people will be able to give a brief statement. People will be invited to indicate their interest in doing so during the registration process. Guidelines will be provided to all registered speakers. There will also be a chance to give written feedback to the Commission and to talk to Commission staff.

Please follow the link to the community forums for details of upcoming events.

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