Indigenous focus for WA aged care hearings

Two medical practitioners will also be required to assess the person and be independently satisfied they meet the criteria.
Two medical practitioners will also be required to assess the person and be independently satisfied they meet the criteria.

THE unique needs of indigenous people will be a focus of aged care royal commission hearings in WA’s Kimberley region this week.

Public hearings in Broome from Monday to Wednesday will also examine aged care in remote areas, drawing on people’s personal experiences.

The royal commission also visits Perth next week to look at person-centred care, advanced care planning and palliative care services.

In Adelaide earlier this year, the commission heard that long delays in home care support were causing great suffering.

Senior counsel assisting the commission, Timothy McEvoy, said more aged people were waiting to receive home care packages.

In May, Commissioner Richard Tracey promised to protect whistleblowers who feared retribution from their employer or an aged-care provider if they helped the inquiry.

He said said numerous people had raised concerns about anonymity or the potential impact of talking with the royal commission on their families.

Hearings will be conducted in all capital cities and various regional locations, with Darwin and Cairns scheduled for July.