Aged Care Advisory Council members named

Advisory Council is a step forward, says Minister

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 REFORM: National Aged Care Advisory Council will provide advice of aged care issues.

REFORM: National Aged Care Advisory Council will provide advice of aged care issues.

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Seventeen prominent Australians will provide expert advice on aged care issues

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Seventeen prominent Australians will provide expert advice on aged care issues and the implementation of Federal Government's $17.7 billion reform agenda in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

The National Aged Care Advisory Council will be led by inaugural chairwoman Andrea Coote. The Council's role is to ensure aged care reforms meet the needs and expectations of senior Australians, their families and carers and the Australian community.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said the Advisory Council formed part of the Australian Government's comprehensive response to the Royal Commission.

"This is the most significant reform ever undertaken by an Australian Government to improve the care of senior Australians both in residential care and care at home," Minister Hunt said.

"This Advisory Council will play a key role in guiding that implementation, alongside a new Council of Elders and an Inspector-General of Aged Care.

Council of Elders membership will be announced later this year however, its chairman has already been named as Ian Yates, who will also sit on the Advisory Council.

Three working groups will be established to support the Advisory Council - the Workforce Advisory Working Group, the Quality Advisory Working Group and the Financing and Markets Advisory Working Group.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Richard Colbeck said establishing the Advisory Council marked an important step forward.

"Aged care in Australia is undergoing its most significant reform in a generation."

The Advisory Council members will advise on issues from navigating aged care services to building the capability of providers and the workforce to deliver the Government's reforms.

National Aged Care Advisory Council Members are: Andrea Coote (National Advisory Council Chair), Ian Yates AM (Council of Elders Chair), Rachel Argaman, Michael Baird, Jennene Buckley, Elizabeth Callaghan, Andrew Condon, Jill Gallagher, Emma Hossack, Dr Sandra Iuliano, Claerwen Little, Libby Lyons, Maree Mccabe, Gail Mulcair, Assoc. Prof. Michael Murray, Mary Patetsos, Graeme Prior.

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