Article in SMH
After sharing Jane Hiliary Seaholme’s online abuse, David Robson (fake name) contacted me about the online abuse Heather Mansell Brown and her ‘cabal’ had inflicted on many including people in Millmerann. I investigated his claims and published Bullying and Abuse among aged care advocates must stop .
Soon after publishing this article, I became a target of abuse. This 40-page document contains many abusive posts from Heather, Jane and others who support them. Sadly, there are many, many more.
Heather and Jane et al. continue their ongoing abuse towards providers, government and advocates with whom they disagree. They have both created a social media echo chamber – Heather on Facebook; Jane on Twitter. These echo chambers, inhabited by a small number of the usual suspects, are toxic places to visit.
Rather than abuse people on social media, it has been suggested that these women could actually help older people by volunteering in an aged care home.
If amendments had gone through the Senate, they would have been a game changer for the aged care sector. They would have improved transparency and accountability around finances, staffing ratios and complaints in aged care homes.
The title of this year’s Victorian Healthcare Week Great Debate was: Do We Need Mandated Staffing Ratios in Aged Care? Are we better off focusing on the quality outcomes for older Australians rather than mandated staffing ratios?
I was 2nd speaker on the negative side.
Last week, HelloCare invited me to comment on the requirement in the new Aged Care Quality Standards for open disclosure. I suggested all aged care homes and home care providers should be required to report adverse incidents not only to the older person and their family but also on their websites.
I am pleased both Ian Yates (CEO, COTA) and Darren Mathewson (Acting CEO of ACSA) have contested this idea for improving transparency. I always welcome debate. A public debate about transparency in the aged care sector is long overdue.
This is my response.
Recently, a woman contacted me because a 94-year-old woman was resuscitated in an aged care home despite having an advance care plan stipulating Do Not Resuscitate. Rather than die peacefully after breakfast, this woman had a slow and painful death in a hospital palliative care unit.