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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.
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.
Currently there are 1000 Australians turning 85 years-of-age every week. By 2027, it is estimated almost one-quarter of Australia’s population will be aged 65 years and over.
There is much investment required in the aged care sector both now and in the future — physically, socially, spiritually and financially. It is vital the sector continues to improve the support it offers to the community, delivering high-quality care with excellence, compassion and dignity.
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. We strive to help every person in our care experience quality of life — this is at the heart of all we do.
To our valued residents, clients and their families, please be assured that throughout the Royal Commission and afterwards, our commitment to continuous improvement remains genuine and steadfast.
We value and recognise the role that our aged care workers have in delivering person-centred care. While the Royal Commission and media reporting will focus on failures within the system, we want to acknowledge the valuable contribution aged care workers make in bringing uplift to people in their care. They make a wonderful contribution to Australia’s aged care system, now and in the future.
More information about the Royal Commission, its terms of reference, and updates as it progresses can be found on https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx