On Sunday 16 September 2018, 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.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will conduct Community Forum events throughout the year. Open to the public, these forums will be an opportunity for members of the local community to hear about the work of the Commission and to offer their ideas on the challenges, strengths and opportunities to improve aged care. They will announce more forums in other locations as their work in the Royal Commission continues.
Please visit the Royal Commission Engagement page to learn more. You can also contact them directly at ACRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au or by telephone on 1800 960 711 (between 8:00am-8:00pm AEDT, Monday-Friday except on public holidays. Interpreter service available).
Dementia Australia Media Releases and key links
- 13 February 2020 Opinion article by Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia: Quality dementia care is quality care for all
- 24 January 2020 Dementia Australia Program Design Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
- 6 December 2019 Dementia Australia Workforce Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
- 25 November 2019 Welcomed ‘first steps’ response to interim report with more urgently needed
- 31 October 2019 Urgent calls to end ‘neglect’ in aged care echoed by Dementia Australia
- 17 October 2019 Training in dementia care for aged care workforce is recurrent theme
- 12 August 2019 Support for informal carers under the spotlight at Royal Commission into aged care
- 24 June 2019 Culturally appropriate, person-centred care essential
- 10 May 2019 Voices of experience reinforce need for dementia training
- 3 May 2019 Second leading cause of death of Australians largely ignored
- 22 February 2019 Lack of visibility in home care and dementia a major concer
- 19 February 2019 Transcript of Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia appearance at Royal Commission
- 19 February 2019 Dementia Australia Witness Statement and attachments submitted for the Royal Commission
- 19 February 2019 Dementia must be a priority now and into the future
- 19 February 2019 Dementia is not optional - and dementia training shouldn't be either
- 10 February 2019 Increased aged care funding a good step - now a focus on training and culture essential
- 19 January 2019 Royal Commission into aged care commences with a promising focus on learning from past mistakes
- 17 January 2019 Current system continues to fail the people it’s designed to protect
- 14 January 2019 Shared responsibility, holistic, informed approach - the solution for dementia care plans
- 29 November 2018 The Royal Commission is an important opportunity for change' Opinion editorial by Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia
- 10 October 2018 Dementia front and centre in the Terms of Reference for Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
- 16 September 2018 Solutions need to be a priority for outcome of aged care Royal Commission
Calls for submissions now open via the Royal Commission website
Interim report presented to the government on 31 October 2019
Final report presented to the government on 30 April 2020
Honourable Tony Pagone QC, former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia; and
Lynelle Briggs AO, former CEO of Medicare Australia and APS Commissioner