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The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety tabled its interim report in Federal Parliament on 31 October 2019, the final report is due in November 2020.
The interim report has identified an aged care system in Australia that fails to meet the needs of its older Australians and does not deliver safe and quality care. Aged and community care groups, associations and peak bodies across Australia have welcomed the interim report as a signal for change to the aged care system.
At Churches of Christ in Queensland, we agree wholeheartedly with the Commission’s call for change and statement that ‘we owe it to our parents, our grandparents, our partners, our friends. We owe it to strangers. We owe it to future generations. Older people deserve so much more.’
We believe greater emphasis should be placed on productive, successful and meaningful ageing; that growing older need not be a period of continuous decline and removal from society.
Churches of Christ in Queensland supports the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. We welcome any reforms that will make the aged care sector better and more person-centred.
There is much investment required in the aged care sector, now and in the future. It is important we work together towards a better aged care system that is centred on high quality care and support, with dignity and without discrimination.
At Churches of Christ, our mission is to bring the light of Christ into communities. Our first priority is and will always be the welfare of those who rely on us for support. We strive to support every person to experience quality of life — this is at the heart of all we do.
We value and recognise the role that our aged care workers have in delivering person-centred care. Our aged care and community care staff find immense joy and pride in supporting those in our care.
From the moment residents or clients enter our care, they are part of communities committed to continuous improvement and where their physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing is our priority.
The next stage of the Commission will be essential as we all move together toward making a better aged care system for Australia.