PM pumps $537m into improving aged care

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

SCOTT Morrison has committed more than $500 million towards fixing problems in aged care, weeks after a royal commission investigating the scandal-prone sector released a damning interim report.

The prime minister has promised $537 million to increase home care packages, reduce the use of chemical restraints and get younger people out of residential aged care.

“We can and must do better in providing improved support for our older Australians,” Mr Morrison said on Monday.

“Like every Australian, we were appalled by the revelations of the interim report, however we will do everything we can to build an aged care system of the highest quality.”

His three-pronged plan hinges on increasing the number of home care packages by 10,000 places.

It also involves providing better medication management and dementia training for nursing home staff, and introducing new targets to remove younger people with disabilities from residential facilities.