Kate Carnell AO, in conjunction with Professor Ron Paterson ONZM, are leading the independent review which was called on 1 May 2017 following the failures of care identified at the Makk and McLeay wards at the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service in South Australia.
Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt says this is the next step to make sure Australia’s regulatory system in residential aged care works effectively.
“We all need to have confidence that the system we have in place works for the most vulnerable in our community,” he says. “Submissions to the review will help to identify any gaps or deficiencies in our aged care regulatory system which might have prevented the early detection and swift remediation by the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network of failures in care at the Makk and McLeay wards.
Minister Wyatt says Ms Carnell and Professor Paterson have already begun consulting with key stakeholders, both in aged care and experts in quality assurance, across the broader health and social services system.
“Consultations will also take place with front line workers — responsible for managing the Commonwealth’s regulatory processes — as well as with consumers, industry, and experts across the aged care and broader health system including residential aged care facilities, policy experts and academics,” he says. “We owe it to everyone in residential aged care, their family and loved ones that we have in place an oversight regime that is robust and functions to the highest standard.”
The review will primarily examine the Commonwealth Government’s accreditation, monitoring, review, investigation, complaints and compliance processes. It will also look at the role of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and the Department of Health.
Submissions close on 24 July 2017, with the review panel due to report to Minister Wyatt by 31 August 2017.
Visit the Department of Health’s Aged Care website for more information and to make a submission.