AN independent commission is at the heart of reforms expected to ensure a higher standard of aged care across Australia.
Aged Care Minister and Hasluck MHR Ken Wyattsaid new regulation, compliance and complaint handling would bring much-needed reassurance about the treatment of seniors.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission was established in response to the Carnell-Paterson review into failures at South Australia’s Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service.
Mr Wyatt said the government had to ensure disasters like Oakden were never repeated.
“We recognise that the vast majority of providers give consistent, quality care to their residents. But, as we have seen, there can be failures,” he said.
A performance rating system against the quality standards will be introduced, providing people with access to a comparison tool when selecting aged care providers.