Aged Care Reform Now hits Parliament House
In October 2022, Aged Care Reform Now was approached by Senator Janet Rice's Office (Vic, Greens) with the idea of a Roundtable conference on aged care reform for individual advocates and smaller advocacy groups that don’t have regular access to Government. Senator Janet Rice holds the Aged Care portfolio for the Greens.
The roundtable took place at Parliament House, Canberra on 10th March. 28 people participated in total, in person and online, as individuals and advocacy group representatives. Alongside Aged Care Reform Now were:
The focus of discussion was what an Aged Care Act based on human rights should include and the changes advocates believe are needed to enshrine a high standard of care into the Aged Care Act. These included
- Adequate rights protections
- Enforceable standards of care including accountability for breaches of provider responsibilities
- Implementing Royal Commission recommendations in regards to governance, reporting, and duty of care.
Outcomes of the round table
- Senator Janet Rice wrote a statement and letter on behalf of all the advocates which was sent to Minister Anika Wells.
- The advocates present agreed to form a loose coalition to join our voices together – Community of Aged Rights Advocates (CARA). So far we have had two meetings and are working on our readiness to reply to the Government’s upcoming consultation period on the new Aged Care Act. Watch this space!
We would like to thank Senator Janet Rice, Victoria and Tarek from her office, and the fellow participants of the roundtable. It was heartening to hear everybody expressing shared concerns and passion for reforming aged care.
If you would like to read more about this event, this article on our website reports on the roundtable in more detail.