Anika Wells MP, Minister for Aged Care replies to Aged Care Roundtable

Aged Care Reform Now were instrumental in driving an aged care roundtable at Parliament House, Canberra, convened by Greens Senator, Janet Rice, on 10th March 2023.

The focus of discussion was what a human rights based Aged Care Act should include and the changes advocates believe are needed to enshrine a high standard of care into the Aged Care Act.

An outcome of the roundtable was a joint statement and letter being sent by Senator Janet Rice on behalf of all the advocates to Aged Care Minister, Anika Wells MP. A reply to this letter, dated 14/08/23 was shared by Minister Anika Wells MP to Senator Janet Rice. Anika Wells MP said:

The discussions will test foundational elements of the new Act, including the rights basis of the new Act, the proposed statement of rights and enforcement pathways, a definition of high-quality care, eligibility requirements, embedding supported decision making and whistle-blower protections.

You can download the full letter from Anika Wells here:

So, have Anika Wells’ priorities for changes in the new Aged Care Act made it into the new draft? And are these priorities comprehensive enough to transform and reform Aged Care? We remain concerned there are many shortcomings.

Now is the time for you to have your say on the draft of the new Age Care Act. You can get involved until Friday 16 February 2024 by:

  • attending a workshop in person or online
  • completing a survey
  • sending a submission to the Department of Health and Aged Care.

Find out all the details for how to do so at the Department of Health and Aged Care or join the Aged Care Reform Now Facebook Group to follow our conversations and input into our submission.

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