The regulation of aged care in Australia is set to undergo a major review, as the Royal Commission into Aged Care looks at how to evolve towards a safer, more consumer-driven system that delivers high quality outcomes.
One of the Royal Commission’s key terms of reference is the findings and recommendations of previous relevant reports and enquiries. The release of another report into residential aged care facilities (Report) this week will further inform the Commissioners’ minds over the course of their enquiries.
The Report, released by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport (Committee), foreshadows some of the shortcomings in the aged care sector the Royal Commission may identify. It also gives some insight into the Committee’s current thinking on a number of service-related issues. The following recommendations in particular are relevant to the Royal Commission.