THE Broome hearing of the Aged Care Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety begins today, with a focus on services in remote areas.
The hearing will focus on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people access aged care services, and the extent to which remote areas are included in the availability of services.
It will look at the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; the perspective and experience of those who access services in remote areas, including family members and carers; barriers to accessing services; and the challenges of maintaining an adequately skilled and culturally appropriate workforce.
The hearing will be held at the Broome Civic Centre from today until Wednesday (June 17-19), from 9.30am.
A community forum will be held at 2pm after Wednesday's hearing. To be attended by commissioner Lynelle Briggs, the forum will hear from members of the public about their experiences of aged care and how they think services can be improved.
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