19 Sept 2018

FAIL, fail,fail, that is, Federal governments have repeatedly failed to act on Aged Care.

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There have been at least 13 inquiries and reviews into the sector during the past decade, yet there remains an embedded problem with the industry where it appears profits have been prioritised over patients.

Here is a (long) list of the inquiries conducted, and this may not even be all of them. Some of these reviews are yet to conclude, let alone see final reports published:
A decent quality of life: Inquiry into the cost of living pressures on older Australians (Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs 2008)
Aged Care Amendment Bill 2008 (Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs)
Residential and Community Aged Care in Australia (Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration 2009)
A Healthier Future for All Australians (contained information about aged care, 2009)
Review of the Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme (2009)
Review of the residential aged care accreditation process for residential aged care homes (Department of Health and Ageing 2010)
Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector (Productivity Commission research paper 2010)
Productivity Commission Review into Aged Care (2011)
Legislated Review into Aged Care (2017)
Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes (2018)
Senate inquiry into the effectiveness of the aged care quality assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practised (due November 2018)
Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia (Standing Committee on Health, Standing Committee on Health and Ageing, commissioned March 2018, no date yet for its final report)
The Aged Care Workforce Strategy (September 2018)

Little has changed over this period for the elderly, why not, is because as a group they have no power to influence political parties. 


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