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The election results are in and the Coaltion is once again in power and ‘Nightwatchman Scomo’ has become Prime Minister in his own right. Now that we know who will be in power for the next three years, it’s time to take a closer look at what that means for aged care in Australia. It is worth noting that the contents of this post are based on promises made during the election: we are yet to see any concrete commitment…

The announcement of the new Aged Care Quality Standards, which come into effect from 1 July 2019, represents the first upgrade to the industry standards in 20 years. The new standards will replace the following current standards: Accreditation Standards Home Care Standards National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program Quality Framework Standards Transition Care Standards.   This has been partnered by the introduction of a new, independent aged care quality commission to oversee the approval, accreditation, assessment,…

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for a Royal Commission into the aged care sector, pre-empting the airing of a Four Corners report into abuse and neglect within the industry. The Royal Commission has not had its full specifics published yet, but the Department of Health has released the following list of topics that the Commission is anticipated to address: The quality of care provided to older Australians and the extent of substandard care; The challenge of providing care to…

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