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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established on 8 October 2018. The Royal Commission inquired into the quality of aged care services in Australia, whether those services were meeting the needs of the community, and how they could be improved in the future.

The National Aged and Community Care Roundtable for Forgotten Australians assisted with submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

The submissions included multiple case studies on the care that Forgotten Australians are receiving and the issues surrounding it, as well as multiple recommendations for the aged care system to have a special focus on Forgotten Australians. The suggestions ranged from the promotion of an innovative approach to the delivery of services and support for Forgotten Australians/Care Leavers age as their need for assistance increases.

The Final Report titled "Care, Dignity and Respect," was presented to the Governor-General on 26 February 2021 and tabled in the Australian Parliament on 1 March 2021. The Royal Commissioners made a total of 148 recommendations aimed at fundamentally reforming Australia's aged care system.

The final report highlights crucial themes related to Care Leavers, Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants include recognition of unique needs, access to appropriate care, and improved support systems, policy and systemic changes and community and stakeholder engagement. Although the report shines a hopeful light over key issues faced by these groups, there is still plenty of work done to reach the recommendations made.


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