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The Royal Commission is hoping to mark a new era for ageing Australians

Unrecognizable senior man and elderly woman in wheelchair in autumn nature. Man with his mother on a walk.

Between now and April 2020, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will directly face the challenges experienced by those providing and receiving aged care across the country.

Following on from multiple aged care reviews over the past two decades, the recently announced Royal Commission will investigate the sector as a whole, including profit and not-for-profit support services and providers throughout Australia.

The Commission’s terms of reference, released on October 8, outlines that the investigation will determine what the government, aged care sector and Australian families can do to strengthen the diverse system of aged care.

Leading the Royal Commission will be Justice Joseph McGrath who is appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia and Lynelle Briggs, former CEO of Medicare and former Australian Public Service Commissioner.

The Commission will bring to light the ways the aged care sector can provide individuals person-centred care that can enable greater choice, control and independence. It will also research and consider more sustainable, technological and innovative models of care, such as online platforms like Mable.

The fundamental purpose of the Royal Commission is to recognise that ageing Australians have diverse and changing expectations for receiving aged care, and deliver outcomes that can help individuals receive the support that they desire.

Following the ABC’s two-part investigation into the failings within particular residential aged care facilities, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been calling on Australians to understand the necessity of a Royal Commission for the benefit of ageing Australians.

“As a community we expect high standards for the quality and safety of aged care services. Our Government shares these expectations. This Royal Commission will be about proactively determining what we need to do in the future to ensure these expectations can be met.”

Alongside the Royal Commission, an independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission will kick off on January 1, 2019 to integrate the roles of the current Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency. This will ensure assessments, complaint resolutions, accreditations and compliance of aged care providers are properly dealt with and will provide families the ability to submit complaints with ease.

Are you looking for support that can help you live life on your terms? With Mable, you could experience freedom of choice and control by scheduling your support while enjoying the independence of living in your own home. Head to Mable to search for support workers in your local area today.

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