Following the hearings in Sydney for the Royal Commission that centred around dementia care in Australia, the next hearings in WA start on June 17 in Broome for three days with a week of hearings afterwards in Perth.
Inclusion and access are the main focus of the Broome hearings while Perth will look into person-centred care.
The Broome hearings will look into aged care providers and services currently provided to
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as the access to aged care services for people in remote areas of Australia.
In regards to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the hearings will particularly look at the nature and scope of aged care services, the unique services and needs this group has for aged care, the barriers they face accessing aged care, the challenges of receiving adequately skilled and culturally appropriate workforce, and good practice care models. Additionally, the Broome hearings will also listen to perspectives and experiences of people accessing aged care services in remote areas, including from family members and carers.
The Perth hearings follow the three day Broome hearings, running from June 24 to 28, and will be focussing on person-centred care.
This includes, how aged care services can provide person-centred care which values identity, experience and autonomy, and the factors influencing person-centred aged care services.
Additionally, perspectives and experiences of people accessing aged care who are or are not receiving person-centred care, and good practice care models for person-centred care.
As well as the role of advance care planning to support quality aged care; how easily accessible is palliative care, and the quality of palliative care services available.