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Collage of food served in some aged care homes

Every now and then, a picture of slop served in an aged care home goes viral on social media. I made this short movie for the Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt as evidence that yesterday's scrambled egg slop picture was not a "one-off incident". Slop has been served in aged care home for decades. We need a campaign to STOP THE SLOP. Jane Hilary Seaholme

Posted by Sarah Russell on Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Aged Care Crisis

Aged care crisis?

“There are some aged care homes that are chronically understaffed and the care is just not good enough.” Dr Sarah Russell speaks about the loss of her mother and potentially preventable deaths in our aged care system.

Posted by The Project on Monday, 29 May 2017

Has government by media replaced consideration of evidence in aged care?

Before jumping into another expensive royal commission, it would have been prudent for Scott Morrison to review the numerous inquiries that both LNP and ALP governments have initiated over the past decade. Surely the government didn’t need Four Corners to inform them that the aged care sector is a national disgrace.

Guardian

‘I’d rather die’: the horror stories of aged care don’t tell the whole story

Troubling media reports have undoubtedly contributed to the government announcement of a Royal Commission. It is vital that incidents of inadequate personal care, negligence, neglect, abuse and assault are reported. However, we hear much less about elderly people who are living happily in an aged care home.

Guardian

So Many Inquiries, So Little Action

How many inquiries, reviews, taskforces, think tanks, consultations and consultant reports does it take for the government to change a light bulb in an aged care home? Over the past year or so, the government has investigated, among other things, the aged care workforce, reforms, accreditation, complaints scheme, innovation, standards of care and elder abuse – and still the light globe remains unchanged.

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Aged Care Quality And Safety Commission: Shifting The Deck chairs On The Titanic

To be able to evaluate the proportion of aged care homes that provide high standards of care, researchers like myself need access to data. We need data on quality indicators such as pressure sores, medication errors, weight loss, falls, infection rates admissions to hospitals, staffing levels and training. However, these data are not publicly available.

Who decided that data on residents’ safety and wellbeing in aged care homes must be kept top secret? To answer this question, we need to go back more than 20 years when the Aged Care Act 1997 was drafted. John Howard’s Coalition government proved a turning point for aged care policy in Australia.

The Guardian