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Sanctions and non-compliance

In 2017-18, the Department of Health issued 26 sanction notices to 21 aged care providers due to failure to meet quality standards. Overall, the number of sanctions issued to aged care providers more than doubled last financial year compared to the previous year, according to the Government’s annual aged care report.

The number of consumers in aged care is increasing and the report highlights that the demand for services increases with age. Over 40 per cent of people aged 95-99 are accessing residential aged care services compared to around 1 per cent of people aged 65-69.

To read the full report, click here.

An update on the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission officially set to commence hearings. The aged care royal commission will get underway early next year with an opening hearing set for the third week of January.

Initially, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a Royal Commission into the aged care sector back in September. The main aim to investigate the quality of care provided to older Australians. The Royal Commission came alongside a statement that the number of Aged Care complaints received had risen by 23% over the past 12 months.

For further details regarding submissions and public hearing dates, click here.

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