Aged Care Matters Advocacy Group is a voluntary grassroots movement. We are citizens who are deeply concerned about the quality of residential and in-home aged care services across Australia.

Aged Care Matters advocates for high standards of care. We focus on solutions not problems.

Aged Care Matters’ Director, Dr Russell, is a public health researcher who specialises in qualitative research. She has been the Principal Researcher at Research Matters since 1999.

Aged Care Matters encourages discussion and collaboration between residents, relatives, staff, providers, policy-makers and politicians. Dr Russell’s reports Living well in an aged care home and Older people living well with in-home support provide evidence about residential and in-home care.

Aged Care Matters believes aged care system requires greater scrutiny, accountability and transparency. We need informed discussions based on evidence, recognising the rights of residents to have the best possible care and quality of life.

Many people ask Dr Russell how she became involved in aged care advocacy. This short movie explains how Sarah transitioned from a concerned relative to an advocate and more recently to an activist. In 2021, she co-founded a movement Aged Care Reform Now. The movement was launched on 28 February 2021. Aged Care Reform Now aims to make aged care a national priority and an election issue.

On the left, the young gadabouts (total age 287.4): Joan Russell (91), Frank Breadmore (90.9) and Esther Friedman (105.5) take a walk outside their aged care home. On the right, Joan Russell with her great-granddaughter.

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