On Sunday 16 September, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the government would establish a Royal Commission to primarily look at the quality of care provided in residential and home aged care to senior Australians.
Dementia Australia was called upon immediately to provide input into the draft Terms of Reference. They were submitted to the Department of Health in late September 2018. Dementia Australia received significant feedback from its Dementia Australia Advisory Committee, advocates, members of the Board and staff.
On Tuesday 9 October, the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission were released and Dementia Australia applauded the decision to make dementia a central focus of the investigations.
Dementia Australia supports a solutions-based approach to the Royal Commission to identify a clear path forward to improving the health and care outcomes for the more than 436,000 people living with dementia in Australia.
Calls for submissions yet to be announced
Interim report presented to the government on 31 October 2019
Final report presented to the government on 30 April 2020
Royal Commission website
Honourable Justice Joseph McGrath, Judge of the Supreme Court in WA; and
Lynelle Briggs AO, former CEO of Medicare Australia and APS Commissioner
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