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12 months on since the Royal Commission shows a robust aged care system needed more than ever

Monday, 7 March 2022

A year on since the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Final Report: Care, Dignity and Respect and now into the third year of the pandemic, Dementia Australia reiterates the need for a robust aged care system to provide quality care to people living with dementia.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM said the Royal Commission highlighted the deficiencies and complexities of the aged care system with the pandemic placing additional and ongoing pressures on the health and aged care systems.

“The ever-changing landscape and challenges of the pandemic have reinforced, more than ever, the need for these recommendations to be actioned,” Ms McCabe said.

“Significant reform is already underway in response to the Royal Commission’s recommendations. 

“The federal government responded through an investment of $229.4 million in dementia that is providing the impetus for systemic change required in the aged care industry.

“The funding allocation to Dementia Australia is enabling the expansion of and increased access to services through the National Dementia Support Program like the National Dementia Helpline, counselling, post-diagnostic support programs, early intervention programs and education sessions.

“Reforms focusing on provider compliance and accountability to ensure stronger mechanisms for quality dementia care are welcomed. 

“Minimising restrictive practices, expanding quality indicators into home care, expanding the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) and the development of a new framework for regulating aged care and a new Aged Care Act will improve the system.” 

While the funding allocation was significant there is much to be done to fulfil on the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

Dementia Australia’s 2022-23 Federal Pre-Budget Submission calls for support of crucial initiatives to deliver quality care including compulsory dementia education for the aged care workforce and investment in education programs and tools.  

“We know from our work and broad consultation with people living with dementia, their families and carers, that if we get quality care right for people living with dementia then there will be quality care for all,” Ms McCabe said.

“For the sector to deliver quality dementia care as a consistent and integral part of aged care, we must support our workforce, strengthen their knowledge and skills and develop practice leaders and mentors. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting significant challenges for the sector – together we must work to ensure better care for people living with dementia now and into the future.”

Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. No matter how you are impacted by dementia or who you are, we are here for you.

For support, please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available and the Helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. The National Dementia Helpline is funded by the Australian Government. People looking for information can also visit 


Media contacts: Gabrielle Prabhu, Media & Communications Manager, 0447 253 583 or 

When talking or writing about dementia please refer to Dementia-Friendly Language Guidelines( 192 kB).

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Last updated
15 December 2023