4 January 2009

New aged care laws come into effect

New quality measures for Australian aged care
Department of Health & Ageing: 29 December 2008
Tough new measures will come into effect later this week as part of the Rudd Labor Government’s push to improve the quality of care for the frail and aged in Australia’s 2,830 aged care facilities. The new measures come into effect on January 1.

They include new laws:

  • Allowing – in some cases – the verbal lodgment of complaints by residents, family or staff members to the independent Aged Care Commissioner – previously all complaints had to be lodged in writing
  • Requiring police checks for all aged care staff
  • Requiring aged care facilities to report the absence of residents who go missing without explanation
The expanded investigative changes, police checks and reporting protocols were implemented as part of the new laws – the Aged Care Amendment (2008 Measures No. 2) 2008 – passed by Federal Parliament on December 4. … > full media release

1 comment:

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