Melbourne hearing looks at mental and oral health

Commission to look at how services could be improved

Aged Care Royal Commission

Allied health care, mental and oral health under microscope at Melbourne hearing.


MENTAL health, oral health and allied health care are the focus of a royal commission hearing in Melbourne starting tomorrow and running until Friday.

In December last year the commission conducted a hearing on the interface between the health care and aged care systems.

The July 15-17 hearing will inquire into that interface and look at how services could be improved for aged care recipients.

It will examine, among other things, possible improvements in funding models, training for aged care workers, and incentives for health care professionals to provide these services to people in their homes. It will also consider the role and responsibility of approved providers of aged care services to ensure care recipients receive the mental, oral and allied health care they need.

The commissioners will hear from witnesses including a recipient of home care services, a family member of a resident, practitioners, representatives from peak bodies, and senior representatives of state and Commonwealth health departments.

Witnesses will not appear in person with all but one appearing via video link, and one via telephone.

Attendance will be closed to the public and media due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those interested can access it through live video streaming on the commission's website. Transcripts will also be made available HERE.

The witness list is available HERE