In September 2018, the federal government announced a Royal Commission into the aged care sector. The announcement came ahead of a damning two-part Four Corners investigation into elder neglect and poor conditions in aged care, as well as years of campaigning by the ANMF to fix systemic issues preventing nursing and care staff from delivering safe best practice care.
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report
The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has been released. Titled Care, Dignity and Respect, it calls for fundamental reform of the aged care system and contains 148 wide-ranging recommendations.
Aged Care Royal Commission COVID-19 report
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has delivered a special report on the COVID-19 pandemic in aged care, tabled in the Australian Parliament on 1 October 2020, ahead of its Final Report. The report is the result of a hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety into the impact of COVID-19 on aged care, which was held in Sydney from 10 to 13 August 2020.
ANMF Royal Commission Updates
- Update #9 - August 2020
- Update #8 - February 2020
- Update #7 - October 2019
- Update #6 - June/July 2019
- Update #5 - May 2019
- Update #4 - March 2019
- Update #3 - February 2019
- Update #2 - January 2019
- Update #1 - December 2018
The ANMF's Submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety can be viewed here.
Public Hearings 2019
At the public hearing held in Adelaide from Monday 11 February to Wednesday 13 February 2019, ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler was among those giving evidence at the hearing on 13 February, explaining how the systemic sub-standard and inadequate care provided to vulnerable nursing home residents can be addressed by the implementation of mandated staffing ratios and skills mix. This will fix the crisis in aged care.
Forums took place in a number of locations around the country. The forums were an opportunity for members of the public to hear about the work of the Commission and to offer their ideas on the challenges and strengths of aged care, and the opportunities for improvement.
- ANMF Fact Sheet: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
- ANMJ Article: Staff ratios emerge as key issue as Royal Commission into Aged Care begins