Royal Commission focus shifts to home care

The Royal Commission has announced the next round of hearings will focus on home care.

According to the National Approved Provider System, as of yesterday there were 916 distinct Approved Providers with one or more operational services for the Home Care Packages program.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said of these approved home care providers, 265 (29 per cent) also have one or more operational residential care services. 

The next Royal Commission hearing will specifically look at:

  • the perspective and experience of people seeking or receiving aged care services in their home, or their family members
  • quality and safety in aged care in the home, accessibility to aged care in the home, the interface between aged care in the home and other care, sustainability and the future of aged care in the home
  • other key issues affecting the functioning of the Australian aged care system as it relates to aged care in the home
  • the regulatory framework as it applies to aged care in the home.

The second round of hearings will commence on Monday 18 March in Adelaide and run until Friday 22 March.

Meanwhile, Wollongong has been selected to host the next community forum on 13 March.

The session will run from 10.00am to 1.30pm on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, at the Western Grandstand, WIN Stadium, 46 Harbour Street, Wollongong.

Commissioner Lynelle Briggs AO will attend.

A limited number of people will be able to give a brief statement. If you would like to do so please let us know when you register. Guidelines will be provided to all registered speakers.

There will also be a chance to give written feedback to the Commission and to talk to Commission staff.

To guarantee a seat, please RSVP no later than Monday 11 March by calling T1800 960 711 (between 8:00am-8:00pm AEDT Monday-Friday except public holidays) or book via Eventbrite.


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