Aged & Community Services Australia has voiced its disappointment about yet another inquiry into aged care, this time focusing on facilities.

Following a referral on 6 December 2017 from the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, Greg Hunt, the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will inquire into and report on the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia.

The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Thursday, 8 February 2018.

Aged & Community Services Australia will co-operate with the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport’s Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia but urges this, and other, ongoing reviews, be targeted towards policy that supports the future of quality aged care in Australia.

“With numerous lines of inquiry currently open and under consideration by the government, there is a need to focus on those areas where reform efforts will have the most impact on quality and safety,” said ACSA chief executive Pat Sparrow.

“The sector is in favour of a firm but fair regulatory system that supports consumers’ safety and upholds the standards the community rightfully expects when it comes to quality of care.

“With the announcement of yet another inquiry, we urge government to take a considered approach to all current review findings to ensure quality of care for older Australians.

“As an industry, breaches of consumer trust and care warrant our close attention but we also know that these instances are mercifully rare,” said Ms Sparrow.

“Overwhelmingly, the majority of facilities provide excellent care and are working continually to improve services. Providers should be supported in those efforts by regulation that is firm but fair and allows providers the ability to innovate and stay ahead of consumers’ needs.

“For these reasons, providers want to see beneficial outcomes from these reviews for consumers and providers alike.”