ACSA welcomes Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission commencing today

Release date: 02 Jan 2019

The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA), welcomes the commencement of the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission today.

“The Commission will strengthen the safety and quality of our aged care system. ACSA is committed to working with the Commissioner to ensure the quality of life for the older Australians we care for,” said ACSA CEO Pat Sparrow.

Ms. Sparrow said the peak body and its members are committed to working with the new Commission, headed by Commissioner Janet Anderson, to ensure the regulatory system functions reflect and apply the principles of safety and quality of life at all times.

“All those with an interest in aged care, whether as a resident or a provider, need the system to function with firm but fair regulation that protects the principles of safety and quality of life.

“It is critical to the strong functioning of the aged care regulatory system that procedural fairness and natural justice are upheld for providers.

“ACSA and its members will work with the new Commission to ensure regulatory functions uphold the high standards we all expect and provide natural justice and procedural fairness for older people and providers at all times.

“It is vital the community has confidence that the regulation protecting their loved ones enshrines safety and quality of life and also functions effectively, and quickly, to identify and respond to any instances of substandard care.”

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia

 

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