Aged Care

Access to quality aged care when required should be available to everyone who needs it at an affordable price. People should be able to access adequate care within their own homes, with nursing home care being a last resort for those with high care, complex needs. 

Mandatory staff to resident ratios should be used in aged care facilities to ensure quality of care and lifestyle of residents are achieved and maintained. These ratios must be based on the care needs and clinical acuity of residents.

The accreditation process must be overhauled to ensure that aged care providers provide a level of care that meets the needs of residents, based on an objective assessment of the care outcomes experienced by residents.

CPSA is fundamentally opposed to forcing people who have no other significant assets to sell or reverse mortgage their home to pay for residential or community aged care.

Read CPSA's full aged care policy here

Unannounced audits in aged care

All residential aged care facilities will now be subject to unannounced visits from auditors, in the hope that this will improve care standards.

Read more: Unannounced audits in aged care

Court slaps down illegal nursing home charges

When it comes to nursing homes the news is rarely good, so CPSA is very pleased to report on a judgment by the Federal Court on nursing home accommodation charges.

Read more: Court slaps down illegal nursing home charges

A National Plan to combat elder abuse

The Australian Government has announced that it will work with states and territories to develop a national plan to address elder abuse.

Read more: A National Plan to combat elder abuse

Single Quality Framework

In a few months' time the accreditation systems and quality standards for aged care provided in nursing homes and at home will be replaced with the Single Quality Framework.

Read more: Single Quality Framework

Class action against Opal Aged Care

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Opal Aged Care for failing to protect residents from the deadly 2011 fire at Quakers Hill Nursing Home.

Read more: Class action against Opal Aged Care

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