Date published: Wednesday 18 April 2018
The Government has announced a new single independent quality and safety commission will oversee aged care regulation, compliance, and complaints from January next year.
The new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is part of an increased focus on quality and transparency in the aged care sector brought about by the Carnell-Paterson review into failures at South Australian’s Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service.
The new Commission will start from 1 January 2019 and will bring together the functions of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, that Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and the aged care regulatory functions of the Department of Health.
In addition to the new Commission, the Government has also announced the development of a transparent rating system, which will show how individual nursing homes perform against Aged Care Quality Standards. This means providers will start being measured against new and much more consumer-focused standards on 1 July 2019 and the results will be able to be compared on the My Aged Care website. This is in addition to the recent introduction of unannounced re-accreditation audits.
In the media announcement, the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt recognised that the vast majority of aged care providers offer a quality service that supports quality of life for residents; however, the government must ensure no-one falls through the cracks.
Baptist Care Australia supports the streamlining of the two agencies and hopes that this can be a positive starting point for additional reform to the sector.
You can read more about the Commission here.