Reform ensures quality control

SIGNIFICANT aged care quality reforms will see regulation, compliance and complaints handling brought together by a new and independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

The establishment of the Commission is in response to the Carnell-Paterson review into failures at South Australia’s Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service.

The review found the current aged care regulatory framework does not adequately provide the assurance the community expects.

A new performance rating system against the quality standards will also be introduced providing South West residents with access to a comparison tool when selecting aged care providers.

Forrest MP Nola Marino said the reform would raise the bar in the aged care industry.

The new Commission will start from January 1 2019.

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Mail.