ACSA welcomes appointment of Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner

Release date: 24 Oct 2018

Aged & Community Services Australia welcomes the appointment of Janet Anderson as the first aged care quality and safety Commissioner to lead the new, single Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission from 1 January, 2019.

The peak body said it was pleased to see the Government proceed with important reforms to strengthen the safety and quality system. 

The Government said the Commission’s four-year budget allowed for the expansion of monitoring and compliance work, including the appointment of additional senior compliance officers to step-up the frequency of unannounced re-accreditation audits in 2019.  

Pat Sparrow, CEO of ACSA welcomed Ms. Anderson’s appointment to this critical role in heading the new Commission:  

“All those parties 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.  

As an industry and a community, we have zero tolerance for poor or inattentive care and Australians have the right to expect a regulatory system to reflect and enforce that at all times.  

We absolutely need regulation that holds to account those who abuse or neglect and identifies those instances of sub-standard care in a timely and effective way. 

The community needs certainty and confidence that the regulation protecting their loved ones is functioning effectively. 

ACSA and its members are committed to working with Ms Anderson and the Commission to ensure that is the case.” 

 

~ENDS~ 

 

Media contacts:  Emily Parkinson, Media and Public Affairs Manager: 0420 390 031 

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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