On September 26 the AMA provided a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety inquiry. The AMA considers the work of the Royal Commission to be crucial for the future reform of the aged care sector.
The AMA submission addresses all topics from the Royal Commission Terms of Reference from the medical perspective, provides views of AMA members of current issues in aged care as well as recommendations for improvements needed.
The AMA considers the increase in number of doctors working in aged care should be the focus of any future reforms and calls for investment in primary care by the Government.
AMA also calls for introduction of mandatory staff resident ratios residential aged care facilities (RACF), Registered Nurse availability in residential care 24/7, as well as improved training in dementia management for RACF staff.
In total the AMA submission includes 42 recommendations for improvement in the aged care sector.