Inquiry to focus on lessons to be learned

Commission: It's about lessons to be learned, not attributing blame

Aged Care Royal Commission

Interested parties have until June 30 to make a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.


HOW residential care facilities such as Newmarch House, Dorothy Henderson Lodge and Opal Care Bankstown responded to the coronavirus crisis will form part of the commission's ongoing inquiry into aged care quality and safety.

As well as looking at the provider responses, the inquiry will look at what more could have been done to support them.

It will also investigate how most home care providers and other facilities avoided an outbreak and seek their ideas about how to manage future pandemics or infectious disease outbreaks.

The inquiry will include responses from the Department of Health and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

The aim is to understand the impact of the pandemic upon older Australians, their families and carers, either in aged care facilities or receiving home care.

The commissioners say the focus will be on the lessons that can be learnt for responding to future pandemics or infectious disease outbreaks: it is not to find fault or apportion blame.

Submissions opened on April 28 and will be received until June 30.

Information on making a submission HERE