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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety
AAG and ATSIAAG’s responses to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
AAG plans for responding to Royal Commission final report in 2021
With the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety final report due on 26 February 2021, AAG members and staff have begun planning how to get together to discuss the recommendations and how they can inform future AAG work. AAG's Special Interest Groups (SIGs), the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG) and other AAG members have identified the need for a range of forums exploring different topics.
Please click here to find out more and register join us for as many of these member-only forums as you are able to and in doing so help to inform AAG’s responses to the Royal Commission.
If you have any questions, please contact AAG’s Policy and Research Manager, Sandra South, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAG and ATSIAAG submissions to the Royal Commission
On 12 August 2019 both AAG and the AAG ATSIAAG (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group) has now lodged submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. AAG’s submission provided guidance through a conceptual framework, that aimed to strategically structure and prioritise thinking, discussion and action for the reform of services and other support for older people. Whilst the ATSIAAG focussed on what can be done for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
AAG Members were given the opportunity to comment and provide feedback on AAG’s draft submission to the Royal Commission. Members of ATSIAAG and Friends of ATSIAAG were given a similar opportunity for ATSIAAG’s submission. Members provided excellent feedback to the drafts, both in terms of positive support for the approach to the submission and informed feedback, much of which was incorporated into the final version AAG thanks its members for this contribution, as well as the Board members and staff engaged in its development that was ably facilitated by Incite Information.
On 10 September 2019, the AAG's ATSIAAG and the Healing Foundation made a joint submission on the Stolen Generation and Aged Care, following a joint forum on the same subject on 5 June 2019. To see the AAG ATSIAAG and Healing Foundation joint submission on the Stolen Generations in Aged Care for the Royal Commission into Aged Care click here.
On 11 December 2019, the Assistive Technology For All Alliance that AAG is a member of made this submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care (click here).
On 25 June 2020, AAG's ATSIAAG made a supplementary submission to the Royal Commission. The purpose of this submission is to share with the Royal Commissions those key findings and recommendations from the 2019 ATSIAAG workshop which we believe are complementary and supportive to those findings and recommendations highlighted in ‘Chapter 7– Elders are our Future’. In addition, ATSIAAG requests that the Royal Commission consider supporting our recommendation to establish a Peak Body for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To see the ATSIAAG supplementary submission, click here.
In the Final Hearing pf the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on 22-23 October 2020, Senior Counsel Assisting, Peter Gray QC and Peter Rozen QC, presented submissions on behalf of the Counsel Assisting team over two days. Counsel Assisting have also published final written submissions, which include 124 proposed recommendations and an annexure on the timing of implementation of these proposed recommendations. Counsel submitted recommendations for the consideration of the Commissioners, and for any response by interested parties by 12 November 2020.
About the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
AAG helped shape the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in October 2018, when 20 key themes were provided within three days by 50 of our 1,300 members. Nearly all of these were incorporated in the final terms of reference.
The Commission had a preliminary hearing on the 18th January 2019 which outlined its focus. Hearings commenced with witnesses on the stand from the 11th February 2019.
The Royal Commission will provide a final report by 26 February 2021.