|Royal Commission into Aged Care
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s final report into aged care has laid out an extensive plan to overhaul Australia’s aged-care system. The four major recommendations are:
1. Australia needs a rights-based aged care system
The new Act should set out the rights of older people, including their entitlement to care and support based on their needs and preferences.
2. The system needs stronger governance
A much stronger governance, regulation of the quality of care, prudential regulation, and an independent mechanism to set prices is needed. This change would require all aged care providers to be accredited against the new standards.
3. Need to improve workforce conditions and capability
Numerous important recommendations were made to enhance the capability and work conditions of formal carers. Calling for better wages and a new national registration scheme for all personal care workers, who would be required to have a minimum Certificate III training.
The final report makes a series of complex recommendations about fees and funding, with the commissioners diverging in view as to the specific arrangements. Essentially, the proposed new funding model would provide universal funding for care services, such as nursing.