The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has released its latest background paper on Australia’s current aged care system.
Background Paper 7: Legislative Framework for Aged Care Quality and Safety Regulation, summarises the key aspects and complexities of the current regulation of quality and safety in aged care.
The paper addresses a number of issues including:
• approval of providers, making them eligible to receive government subsidies and supplements to provide aged care
• the responsibilities of approved providers, including those in relation to quality of care, user rights and accountability
• accreditation and quality review processes
• enforcement and sanctions
• complaints processes
• advocacy and community visitors.
“Aged care quality and safety regulation is intended to protect and enhance the health and wellbeing of care recipients,” the paper states.